IASC con­firms Ja­pan rul­ing

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QAN­TAS and Vir­gin Aus­tralia will each com­mence a new daily ser­vice to Tokyo’s Haneda Air­port by 29 Mar 2020, un­der the terms of a for­mal In­ter­na­tional Air Ser­vices Com­mis­sion (IASC) de­ter­mi­na­tion is­sued yes­ter­day.

The fi­nal rul­ing com­pre­hen­sively dis­cusses the con­tro­versy around the con­tested route, with Qan­tas ap­ply­ing for both of the newly avail­able Haneda slots but only awarded one.

The de­ci­sion will see Vir­gin Aus­tralia fly to Ja­pan for the first time, with its pro­posed Bris­bane-Haneda flights per­mit­ted to be utilised for joint ser­vices with All Nip­pon Air­ways (ANA).

Qan­tas had pro­posed new daily Mel­bourne-Haneda flights, re­plac­ing its ex­ist­ing Narita ser­vice to the Vic cap­i­tal, along with a sec­ond daily Syd­ney-Haneda ser­vice.

Now that only a sin­gle QF fre­quency has been al­lo­cated, it’s at this stage un­clear how the air­line will utilise the ca­pac­ity.

The IASC as­sessed the plans of both car­ri­ers, say­ing that the al­lo­ca­tion of one fre­quency to each was of “the great­est ben­e­fit to the public”.

“The ad­di­tion of Vir­gin Aus­tralia’s op­er­a­tions on the Aus­tralia-Ja­pan route is likely to broaden prod­uct choice,” the Com­mis­sion said, as well as an ex­pec­ta­tion hav­ing two air­lines of­fer­ing ser­vices will pro­mote tourism to a wider area within Aus­tralia and en­able the greater dis­per­sal of air trans­port.

A range of non-over­lap­ping city pairs for ANA/VA code­shar­ing have been pro­posed to the IASC on a con­fi­den­tial ba­sis.

The ex­pan­sion of Haneda flights fol­lows Ja­pan’s re­lease of 50 new slots in the lead-up to next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

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