Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Japan-India flights likely to quadruple

Japan and India likely will quadruple the number of commercial flights between the two nations, sources said Monday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to reach an agreement on this issue with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Japan that starts Wednesday.
The agreement will be the first between the two nations concerning bilateral flight services since 1993, when they agreed to increase the number of flights between the countries shortly before Kansai Airport opened. The potential agreement is expected to boost bilateral economic relations.
Japan Airlines currently operates four round-trip flights a week between Japan and India, while an Indian airline operates seven round-trip flights a week.
The two governments are now holding final negotiations, aiming for each country to increase the number of round-trip flights to 21 per week--resulting in 42 round-trip flights in total.
12/12/06 The Yomiuri Shimbun/The Daily Yomiuri, Japan
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