Vir­gin set for Haneda flts

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VIR­GIN Aus­tralia looks set to op­er­ate its first ser­vices to Ja­pan, with the In­ter­na­tional Air Ser­vices Com­mis­sion (IASC) re­leas­ing a Draft De­ter­mi­na­tion al­lo­cat­ing one of the two new daily slots avail­able at Tokyo’s Haneda Air­port to the car­rier.

The com­mis­sion found that al­low­ing Vir­gin Aus­tralia to en­ter the mar­ket for air ser­vices be­tween Aus­tralia & Ja­pan would “likely lead to im­proved ser­vices & air­fare com­pe­ti­tion, pro­vid­ing greater ben­e­fit to the pub­lic”.

The re­main­ing slot will go to Qan­tas, which ap­plied for both fre­quen­cies un­der a plan to use one to re­place its cur­rent Mel­bourne to Tokyo-Narita ser­vice with a Mel­bourne to Haneda flight and the other as a daily Syd­ney-Haneda re­turn ser­vice, pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive tim­ing for its cur­rent evening flight.

The com­mis­sion has also spec­i­fied Vir­gin’s al­lo­ca­tion may be used for code­share ser­vices on the Ja­pan route with All Nip­pon Air­ways, sub­ject to con­di­tions.

The com­mis­sion said this al­lo­ca­tion was “most likely to foster an en­vi­ron­ment in which Aus­tralian car­ri­ers can ef­fec­tively com­pete with each other & with for­eign car­ri­ers on the Aus­tralia-Ja­pan route”.

Both air­lines said in their ap­pli­ca­tions that the al­lo­ca­tion would be fully utilised by 29 Mar.

The fre­quen­cies be­came avail­able fol­low­ing a re­vi­sion to the Aus­tralla-Ja­pan air ser­vices ar­range­ments ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, al­low­ing for two new daily re­turn flights for Aus­tralian air­lines and two for Ja­pa­nese air­lines be­tween Aus­tralia and Haneda.

QF has not yet said pub­licly what it would do if it is only al­lo­cated one fre­quency.

Sub­mis­sions on the draft de­ter­mi­na­tion close 24 Oct.

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