Japan Airlines and Japan Air System said Thursday they will give up a combined nine slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport in connection with their integration plan in October, although two of the slots will be returned to the tieup.

The move is in line with their agreement with the Fair Trade Commission earlier this year to return nine of the two airlines’ combined quota of 180 slots at Haneda airport to alleviate anticompetitive concerns.

The nine flight slots to be given up by the JAL-JAS alliance are to be offered to startup airlines.

But not all of the nine slots will be taken by others. Two will be returned to the JAL-JAS alliance, company officials said.

The two airlines said they will each terminate one daily return flight from their nine routes, including Haneda-Asahikawa and Haneda-Komatsu.

But they will each add one daily flight to two other routes, such as Haneda-Okayama.

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