Airlines for America praises US-Japan aviation agreement


WASHINGTON, DC – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading US airlines, today applauded the US government’s efforts to secure a new agreement with Japan resulting in greater access for US airlines and their customers to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport.

U.S. airlines and their passengers will for the first time benefit from five daytime flights to Haneda and one additional nighttime flight. Today’s announcement builds on the 2010 U.S.-Japan Open Skies agreement.

“U.S airlines connect the world like no other industry can, and the U.S. government’s efforts to strengthen our agreement with Japan reflects the critical role aviation plays as a driver of jobs and economic growth in the U.S. and throughout the world,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We applaud the Administration for their long-standing commitment to further liberalize our skies, bolster travel and tourism and enable open and fair competition in the global marketplace.”

A4A noted that the agreement is fully consistent with decades of U.S. international aviation policy and commended U.S. government negotiators for securing additional daytime and nighttime operations to Haneda Airport for U.S. carriers and their customers.

“Japan is one of the most important global markets for U.S. carriers,” said Calio. “Enabling all U.S. carriers to compete for access at Haneda – one of the world’s largest and busiest airports – helps to improve international relations with our Japanese partners, while yielding immense benefits for the traveling and shipping public.”