Gov Eyeing Lower Landing Fees For Int'l Flights At Haneda Airport

Gov eyeing lower landing fees for int'l flights at Haneda airportThe Japanese government plans to lower landing fees for early and late-night international flights at Tokyo's Haneda airport over a three-year period from fiscal 2014 to attract more overseas visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, government sources said Monday.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is holding discussions with the Finance Ministry on cutting landing fees for such international flights arriving at Haneda by 20 percent to 50 percent in the fiscal year starting April, the sources said.

Tokyo won the right earlier this month to host the 2020 Olympics, beating Istanbul and Madrid.

Landing fees mainly for flights after 11 p.m. until just before 6 a.m. will be cut by 50 percent in the first year, 30 percent in the second year and 20 percent in the third year, the sources said.

Passenger landing fees at Haneda are currently around 2,900 yen per person, around twice or triple the level at airports in China and South Korea.

Looking toward making Haneda a 24-hour hub airport, the ministry has allotted 30,000 departure and landing slots for daytime international flights and another 30,000 slots for late-night and early morning flights annually since 2010.

But only half of the slots for late-night and early morning slots are used compared with those for daytime flights.