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Global airlines claim 'double standard' in Haneda's new routes

Carriers race to catch up with possible unannounced changes in landing procedures

A passenger jet flies above Shinjuku in central Tokyo.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Foreign airlines are calling out a double standard over new landing approaches at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport, which say they pose a serious safety risk, after All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines were apparently given a headstart.

Starting March 29, new routes will be used to expand air traffic over central Tokyo following an agreement with the U.S., which maintains an air base in the area. To stem noise pollution from the busier skies, transport ministry officials have ordered planes to descend at steeper angles.

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