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Japanese airline group seeks $18 billion in government aid

Coronavirus has sapped carriers' ability to pay workers and make lease payments

ANA Holdings is seeking to use the government-affiliated Development Bank of Japan's loan system for a 300 billion yen credit line. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan, made up of domestic airline companies, has asked the government for 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) in aid now that the coronavirus has decimated demand, Nikkei has learned.

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