Japan govt tells JAL it is sticking to Haneda slot handout

Reuters

TOKYO, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Japan's government on Tuesday saidit was sticking to a handout of new landing rights at Tokyo'sHaneda airport that Japan Airlines complained wasunfair because it gave local rival ANA Holdings twiceas many of the lucrative slots.

Japan's aviation regulators responded to a request from JALfor a review of the allocation submitted a month ago, stickingto its decision to give JAL five new slots compared with 11 forANA.

"It's water under the bridge," Shigenori Hiraoka, Directorof aviation industries at Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau, toldReuters. The bureau has never revised slot allocations, he said.

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