Japan, Malaysia agree open skies pact
TOKYO: Japan and Malaysia have agreed on an "open skies" pact liberalising flight services between Tokyo's Narita airport and the Southeast Asian country, the Japanese government said Friday. Under the accord, the two states will allow airlines to freely negotiate the number of flights and routes for services between Narita and Malaysian cities starting in summer 2013, the transport ministry said. The two countries had already liberalized travel between Malaysia and Japanese airports other than the two Tokyo hubs of Narita and Haneda. Before 2013, when the maximum quota of landings and take-offs at Narita will be increased to 270,000 per year, Malaysian carriers will be allowed to increase flights to Narita in line with a gradual expansion of slots.