SYDNEY – Airliner Virgin Australia has applied for the allocation of a landing and departure slot at Haneda Airport.
The airline submitted the application to the International Air Services Commission, the Australian government organ said Wednesday. If it wins the slot, the Australian carrier would achieve entry to Japan’s aviation market.
The number of daily slots at Haneda for flights to and from Australia will be increased by four from March 2020.
According to the commission, Virgin Australia filed for one of the two slots on Tuesday to operate flight services between Haneda and Brisbane.
Virgin Australia is vying with Qantas Airways, which has applied for both slots. The commission will reach a decision by the end of October, after seeking comments from the public.
For Haneda-Brisbane services, Virgin Australia plans to cooperate with Japan’s All Nippon Airways through code-sharing flights. It is considering using A330-200 model aircraft, produced by European aircraft maker Airbus, for the route.