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ANA to demand more slots at Haneda Airport

  • 2016-02-02 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: February 2, 2016 – p. 8)

 

 ANA Holdings, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) under its umbrella, decided to ask the government to preferentially allocate slots to ANA. The company has in mind the upcoming Japan-U.S. civil aviation negotiations for discussing the pending issue of the allocation of slots for flights between Haneda Airport and the U.S.

 

 In order to reconstruct Japan Airlines (JAL), ANA’s rival, which had gone bankrupt, the government bailed out JAL with public funds and exempted the airline from corporate tax. ANA is attempting to rectify the disparity between ANA and JAL by gaining more slots at Haneda.

 

 The two governments will hold civil aviation negotiations on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 for the first time in two months since the previous talks in December 2015. The possibility of reaching agreement is high.

 

 Japan’s goal in the upcoming negotiations seems to be to secure 10 slots (1 round trip/1 slot) during daytime 06:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m.) for flights to the U.S. in return for reducing the current slots for night and early morning flights from 8 to 2.

 

 Slots for Japanese airlines will likely be distributed to ANA and JAL. In addition to corporate tax exemption, “JAL currently has 12 more domestic slots [than us] at Haneda,” complained ANA. ANA Holdings’ request to the government reflects its dissatisfaction.

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