India and Japan will now be able
to operate unlimited number of flights between the two countries as an open sky
pact was signed between the two nations.
The agreement is as per National Civil
Aviation Policy, 2016, which permits the government to enter into an '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
The pact followed Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe holding strategic
discussions on a wide range of issues.
An official release said India and Japan
exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with
respect to open sky.
"It opens skies between India and
Japan ie. Indian and Japanese carriers can mount now unlimited number of
flights to the selected cities of each other's countries," the release
Currently, Japanese carriers -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines -- fly
into India while Air India and Jet Airways BSE operate services to Japan.
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