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Ministry asks airlines to stop accepting reservations at five airports ahead of Olympics

  • July 16, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) is asking airline companies to stop accepting reservations from the general public during the times when airports are crowded with athletes and officials arriving in Japan to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, the Asahi Shimbun has learned. The request will be made for Haneda Airport, Narita Airport, Central Japan International Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Fukuoka Airport. The ministry says the request has been accepted by air carriers.

 

 MLIT is asking airlines to follow the request basically from July 11 to July 22, one day before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games. It will categorize the airports according to the reservation situation and ask airlines to stop accepting new reservations during busy hours. Olympic officials will not be exempted from the request depending on the congestion situation.

 

On the other hand, airlines will accept reservations for flights that depart airports during less crowded hours. MLIT has been making the request to airlines since mid-June to maintain the processing capacity at airport quarantines.   

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