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Fiji and Japan have agreed to a series of new, modernised aviation provisions that will increase passenger and cargo opportunities for designated carriers, expand entitlements and improve safety and security, allowing for greater economic collaboration between the two countries.
The new provisions mark the first update to the air services arrangement between the two countries since 1993.
The new provisions allow for designated airlines of both countries to operate three passenger or cargo flights per week between Fiji and Japan, with an expansion to four flights per week beginning in late 2019. They also provide an opportunity for designated carriers to code-share, and bring safety and security provisions more in line with international aviation industry standards.
“These new provisions will benefit airlines, tourists and shippers, and increase flows of investment and trade into both Fiji and Japan,” Attorney-General and Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“By granting more access to Fijian and Japanese airlines, we have set the stage for greater cooperation between our aviation industries and the establishment of direct routes between our two countries,” he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum with Japan Civil Aviation Bureau Senior Air Talks Officer Sanae Mizuta in Fiji on July 8, 2016 in Suva. (Picture by DEPFTO)