Japan Airlines formally seeks revision to Haneda slot allocation

Reuters

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Japan Airlines said onFriday it has formally asked the Japanese government to reviseits decision this week of allocating the majority of newinternational slots at Tokyo's Haneda airport to rival ANAHoldings.

"We have asked regulators to explain whether they gaveconsideration to the convenience of travellers and the impact onairline alliances in making their decision," JAL's president,Yoshiharu Ueki, told a press conference at the carrier'sheadquarters.

Earlier this week, the Japanese government granted JAL fivenew international landing and take-off slots at Haneda, theworld's fourth-busiest hub, versus 11 for ANA in a move meant toblunt any competitive edge JAL gained from a taxpayer-fundedbailout.

Calling the allocation "skewed", Ueki said the decisionwould cost the company 6 billion yen ($60 million) in operatingprofit a year.

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