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U.S., Japan likely to agree on new Haneda Airport flight routes

  • January 30, 2019
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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Nikkei wrote that the governments of the United States and Japan appear likely to reach an agreement shortly at their talks on new flight routes to and from Haneda Airport, saying that the new agreement is expected to boost the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as annual arrival and departure slots at Haneda will expand to 99,000 from the current 60,000. The paper wrote that the U.S. side had been reluctant to allow these new flights to pass through the airspace controlled by Yokota Air Base out of concern that they could interfere with training by military aircraft. According to the paper, the United States acceded to Japan’s request in the end. The paper added that Japan will likely be allowed to control the new commercial flights when they pass through the Yokota airspace.

 

Sankei ran a similar report, quoting Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling reporters on Tuesday that it is necessary to strengthen the functions at Haneda to achieve the goal of hosting 40 million foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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