(Yomiuri: July 18, 2015 – p. 11)
Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Akihiro Ota said on July 17 that the government will not allow Skymark Airlines’ landing slots for domestic flights to be used for international services.
Delta Air Lines announced on July 15 that it will join an Intrepid-led turnaround proposal for the bankrupt Japanese airline. This sparks concerns among several members of the ruling parties that the U.S. carrier may have in mind using [Skymark’s landing slots at Haneda] for international services.
Ota noted that “securing safe operation, enhancing the convenience of passengers and ensuring a competitive market are important factors [in rebuilding Skymark].” He added: “We acknowledge that Haneda Airport should serve as a hub for domestic flights and provide international services mainly for business flights. We strictly control the distinction between domestic and international flight services.”