Japan and China have agreed to establish regular charter flights between Tokyo's Haneda airport and Beijing Capital International Airport from later this year.

The flights will commence on 25 October, says Shigeru Takano, senior officer for air talks at Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism. There will be four flights per day: two each for Japanese and Chinese carriers.

Since Haneda will "officially" open for international flights only from October 2010, these flights will initially be classified as charters, he adds.

He says that it is up to the authorities to decide which carriers will be selected, but for Japan he believes that the route will be shared by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airlines.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news