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ANA Holdings president to request MLIT for “weighted allocation”

  • August 10, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 12
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At a press conference on Aug. 9, ANA Holdings President Shinya Katanozaka said, “The distorted competition environment has not been fully rectified, and we will request the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for weighted allocation” of takeoff and landing slots at Haneda Airport, where slots are expected to increase leading up to 2020. Katanozaka again stressed the large disparity in investment capability between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), which went bankrupt in 2010 and was restructured through public support.

 

This statement by ANA Holdings was made in response to the MLIT decision in July to increase by 10% the volume of arrivals and departures at Tokyo metropolitan area airports, including Narita Airport. The allocation of takeoff and landing slots has been debated in the past as well. For example, in April the number of slots to the United States held by ANA, which is under ANA Holdings, was increased by two to a total of four and that of JAL was left unchanged at two. Regarding past weighted allocation, President Katanozaka said, “It has been effective to a certain degree.”

 

The weighted allocation of takeoff and landing slots is based on an August 2012 document, known as the “8.10 paper,” in which MLIT required JAL to report on new investment and route-setting plans and said it would supervise the state of affairs about such plans.

 

The 8.10 paper expires at the end of this fiscal year. Regarding this, President Katanozaka emphasized that he would not change his company’s basic stance. “There is a risk that this issue will fade into memory. We will continue to find reasonable requests and submit them to the authorities,” he said. (Abridged)

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