Sunday, September 16, 2007

US and Japan Liberalize Air Services Agreement

U.S.-Japan Bilateral Liberalization

According to a recent article in the Financial Times, "[t]he US and Japan have agreed to expand their air services agreement for the first time in a decade in a move that provides additional access for direct passenger and cargo flights and connecting services to other parts of Asia."  Full details on the pact have not yet been released by the U.S. State Department.  However, gains are reported to be much more significant in the cargo area than in the passenger area.

Outgoing FAA Administrator Calls For Schedule Reduction Effort

In her farewell speech as the head of the FAA, Marion Blakey suggested that airlines should cut down on the number of flights scheduled on the East Coast voluntarily or the government would step in and force the change.  A recent Washington Post editorial noted that the airlines would be unlikely to discuss any changes in this area without an order from the FAA for fear of committing an antitrust violation.  For the full text of Blakey's farewell speech click here.

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