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Haneda to award half of expanded flights to US routes

Tokyo adopts pro-Washington stance in nod to concessions over military airspace

Planes wait to take off from Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The airport's capacity was long limited due to nearby airspace being controlled by the U.S. military. (Photo by Akiyoshi Inoue)

TOKYO -- Japanese and U.S. aviation authorities are finalizing plans to allocate half of the new slots that will become available at Tokyo's Haneda Airport to flights between the two countries.

Daytime flight slots at Haneda are slated to rise to 99,000 a year in 2020 from the current 60,000 under an agreement to let commercial flights pass through airspace controlled by the U.S. Yokota Air Base. This translates to an increase of about 50 flights per day, and half of that added capacity will be divided between Japanese and American carriers. 

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