Press: Japan, India to quadruple flights

Japan and India are in final talks to quadruple the number of flights between the two nations by revising their bilateral aviation pact for the first time in 13 years, a Japanese newspaper reported Monday.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to agree to the revision - a step that would boost business between the two Asian powers - with his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, during his visit later this year, the Yomiuri newspaper said.

If agreed, the revision would raise the current 11 weekly flights connecting the two countries to 42 flights, the Yomiuri said.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss boosting cooperation in defense and to agree to speed up talks toward a bilateral free trade agreement. Abe has called for stronger ties between Japan and India.