Japan has agreed to an “open skies” arrangement with Malaysia , the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said on Feb. 25.

The accord will in-principle allow airlines of the two countries to freely decide the number of flights and routes to operate between Narita airport in Japan and Malaysia from the summer of 2013, when the maximum quota of landings and takeoffs at Narita will be raised to 270,000 per year, the ministry said.

Earlier, the two countries agreed on air service liberalisation, except services in Narita due to the airport’s lack of available slots for landings and departures.

Japan has so far reached “open skies” agreements with ten countries and regions in the world, including the accords with the Republic of Korea in December last year and Singapore in January./.