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CAB to Substantially Relax Charter Flight Regulations – Allowing for Individual Travelers Up To 50% on All Routes

September 27th, 2010
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Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB) of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) plans to substantially relax the rules and regulations which have been imposed on the operations of international charter flights from Japan. In line with implementation of the drastic open skies policy including the Tokyo metropolitan airports as part of the new growth strategy endorsed by the Cabinet in the month of June this year, Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB) is due to review the current rules and regulations of the international charter flight operations. During the period from September 16 to October 8 this year, Civil Aviation Bureau is asking for the public comments on the aviation liberalization with an aim to apply the new charter flight rules and regulations effective from October 31, the day from which the winter schedule starts with the internationalization of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

With respect to passenger charter flights, Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB) will relax the rules and regulations imposed on individual traffic. Up until now, in operating international charter flights from Japan to the countries and regions where the aviation liberalization has not yet been realized, the respective aviation authorities have agreed to individual traffic up to 50 percent of the total salable seats if the charter flight is operated between the two designated cities served by the scheduled carriers and, if that is not a case, individual traffic is not allowed for the charter flight. However, the new charter rules and regulations will allow for the individual traffic up to 50 percent of total salable seats, whether or not the cities concerned are considered as the designated points.

With regards to charter flights from Haneda, the restrictions have been imposed on all slots at Haneda Airport, thus limiting the individual traffic up to 50 percent regardless of the existing open skies policy. In this connection, Civil Aviation Bureau will also review the rules and regulations applicable at Haneda Airport. For charter flights to be operated during the late-night and early morning slots, individual traffic is accepted without any limitation if the open skies policy exists between the two countries. However, where the open skies agreements do not exist, the individual traffic is accepted only up to 50 percent of aircraft seat capacity. As for the day-time slots, however, CAB will temporarily allow charter flights only between the points operated by the respective scheduled carriers with individual traffic limited up to 50 percent.

Besides the acceptance of individual traffic, Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB) will also simplify the procedures for charter flight applications by airlines of a third country. Up until now, in order to ensure the reciprocity principle, Civil Aviation Bureau, when receiving the charter applications from foreign carriers, verifies their applications with the Japanese airlines. In the future, Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB) will simplify the process for a charter flight application to be filed by foreign airlines, by collecting necessary information on the charter rules of other countries on a regular basis.

In connection with the forthcoming internationalization of Haneda Airport, the scheduled charter flights currently served between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport are to be operated as a scheduled service and, accordingly, Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB) has included the principle in its new charter rules and regulations that passenger charter flights to be operated between Kansai International and Gimpo International airports and also between Central Japan International and Gimpo International airports will be positioned as a scheduled flight.

Source: Travel Vision

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