U.S.-Japan open skies pact depends on carrier deals

12/14/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

The U.S. and Japan moved toward loosening restrictions on cross-border flights on Friday as they came to an open-skies agreement. However, the accord depends on Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways gaining antitrust approval for their joint ventures with major U.S. airlines, which could take six months or longer. "Achieving Open Skies with Japan, a major U.S. transportation and trade partner, has been a longstanding U.S. goal, and is good news for air travelers and businesses on both sides of the Pacific," U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said.

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