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Expanded Haneda slots creates problem for Narita, airlines

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to bolster international flight capacity at Haneda Airport as it prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics. But this increase is causing a dilemma for the government as well as Japanese and foreign airline companies, and in particular, Tokyo's other airport.

     For a long time, Haneda, which is closer to the city center than Narita Airport, was chiefly used for domestic flights. But with expanded international landing slots at Haneda in recent years, airlines have been trying to scale down their Narita flights, even though the government has asked the airlines not to.

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