Japan to allocate Haneda landing slots after IATA conference

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Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) will approve airlines' applications to begin international flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport after the IATA Schedules Conference next month.

While some governments in other countries have given the go-ahead for their carriers to fly to Haneda, the JCAB has yet to approve any application for international flights, says a senior air talks official in the JCAB.

"We will usually approve the flights two to three months before the start of operations," he adds.

Haneda, which is closer to Tokyo's city centre than Narita Airport, will open to international scheduled flights from October when a fourth runway there starts operations

Airline and airport officials are expected to decide on the allocation of slots at the IATA 126th Schedules Conference from 17 to 20 June in Berlin, says the official.

"After that, the airlines will submit formal applications to the JCAB," he adds.

The US Department of Transportation has awarded slots to Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines to fly to Haneda. Singapore's government has also given the nod to Singapore Airlines to operate flights to Haneda.

Preparations at Haneda to open to international scheduled flights are on track, says the JCAB official, adding that international flights are likely to commence from 31 October.