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Curbs to ease on big carriers’ sales of code-sharing tickets

JIJI

The transport ministry plans to ease curbs on code-sharing flights to and from Haneda airport when takeoff and landing slots for domestic flights rise there in March, informed sources said.

The easing will raise the code-sharing ticket sale ratio for major carriers to 50 percent from 25 percent, the sources said. Code-sharing flights are those jointly run by major and new carriers.

The ministry sees little problem in easing the restrictions as the new carriers have established a foothold, the sources said.

Haneda’s takeoff and landing slots will be raised by about 20,000 a year starting March 31.

Most new slots for domestic flights are given to new airlines, such as Skymark, to support them since Haneda is close to central Tokyo and demand is robust.

Similarly, the amount of tickets the major carriers could sell on code-sharing flights was also kept low to protect new carriers.

Of the majors, All Nippon Airways is expected to benefit the most as it runs code-sharing flights with Skynet Asia Airways and Air Do on all Haneda routes offered by the two new regional airlines.