10/01/2011 11:53 EDT | Updated 12/01/2011 05:12 EST

Canada expands air agreement with Japan, paving way for more flights

TOKYO - Canada has expanded its air services agreement with Japan, paving the way for more flights between the two countries.

The move was announced Saturday by International Trade Minister Ed Fast during a visit to Japan where he is working to strengthen Canada's trade and investment ties with Asia.

The new deal calls for greater access for Canadian airlines to Tokyo's Narita International Airport and added flexibility for airline routings.

The agreement also includes additional rights for services between Canada and Japan through third countries.

Fast says the deal will help deepen Canada's trade and investment relationship with Japan.

Under Canada's Blue Sky policy, launched in late 2006, the government has concluded open, new or expanded air services agreements with nearly 60 countries.