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Sunday, January 17, 2010

More than half of Haneda new slots will be given to Asian flights

According to Nikkei Net, more than half of the newly added slots for international flights operated by foreign airlines at Haneda will be given to Asian flights. This aims to strengthen Japan's tie to Asia where future growth is expected. So far the distribution is 6 to Korea, 4 to Taiwan and 2 to Hong Kong. That's 60% of the new day time slots! So what should JAL and ANA's plan be for these added competitions? I think the biggest advantage of JAL (and ANA) is their connecting flights out of Haneda. If they can time their flights right, they can fill up their regional flights by attracting connecting passengers to the US or Europe. I won't mind flying LAX-HND-HKG instead of LAX-NRT-HKG :)

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