India-Japan ink open sky agreement


India and Japan has signed an agreement that will allow their airlines to operate unlimited number of flights between the two countries. Now Indian and Japanese carriers can mount unlimited number of flights to the selected cities of each other’s countries. India and Japan exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky. Last year India signed open sky agreements with Greece, Jamaica, Guyana, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka. India also has open sky agreement with the US, among other countries. In 2003, India had signed an open skies agreement with the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean). The National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016, allows the government to enter into an ‘open sky’ air services agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC nations as well as countries beyond a 5,000 kilometre radius from New Delhi.