India and Japan signed Open Sky Agreement

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India and Japan signed an agreement that will allow their airlines to operate an unlimited number of flights between the two countries. The pact followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe holding strategic discussions on a wide range of issues.

Key Points

India and Japan exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky. 

The open sky agreement will be signed in accordance with the National Civil Aviation Policy (NACP), 2016. It will not only help to encourage connectivity and passenger travel between two countries but also result in a reduction in airfares on the air routes between two countries.

National Civil Aviation Policy (NACP) 2016

The NACP allows the government to enter into ‘open sky’ air services agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC nations as well as countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5,000 kilometre radius from New Delhi.

  • So far, India signed open sky agreement with Greece, Jamaica, Guyana, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka.
  • India and US had signed bilateral open sky agreement in 2005.
  • India also had signed open sky agreement with the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2003.