Japanese and U.S. airlines will be allocated about half of the roughly 50 slots to be created at Tokyo's Haneda airport in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year, transport minister Keiichi Ishii said Tuesday.

Japanese airlines will be given 12 daily slots and U.S. airlines will be given another 12, Ishii said, while indicating that the remainder will be allocated in accordance with the government target of attracting 40 million foreign travelers to Japan in 2020.

"We will use (the new slots) to expand the number of visitors to Japan and enhance Japan's international competitiveness," he said at a news conference.