[photopress:Haneda_airport.jpg,full,alignright]Japan and China have agreed to launch shuttle flights between Tokyo’s Haneda airport (shown here) and Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport starting in October.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between visiting Japanese Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Tetsuzo Fuyushiba and Yang Guoqing, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In April, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed on the launch of the shuttle service possibly within this year, so the two countries can mark the 35th anniversary of the normalization of their diplomatic ties.
Since then, Japanese and Chinese aviation officials have negotiated with the aim of operating four round-trip flights a day between the two airports.
The move is another push toward realizing a link of the three key northeastern Asian airports of Tokyo, Shanghai and Seoul with shuttle flights.
Japan and South Korea have been operating eight round-trip shuttle flights a day between Haneda and Seoul’s Gimpo airport. South Korea and China have agreed to set up shuttle flights between Shanghai and Seoul.
Source: Kyodo News