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Narita landing rights at centre of Japan AirlinesÆ alliance decision

Reducing the presence of US airlines at Tokyo's Narita Airport is a key issue behind the Japanese governmentÆs reported preference for a Japan Airlines-Delta tie-up.
 A JAL aircraft lands in Hong Kong.
A JAL aircraft lands in Hong Kong.

An air treaty between Japan and the US that was signed more than 50 years ago could be behind the Japanese government's reported preference for Japan Airlines JAL to switch alliances and join Delta Air Lines in Skyteam.

The Japanese government is deeply concerned with the open sky policy between Japan and the US, said Hajime Tozaki, professor of transport at Tokyo-based Waseda University's organisation of Asian studies. The former air transport treaty between the US and Japan has been unfair. The main issue for the government is to reduce the share of slots at Narita Airport held by US airlines.

Ever since the 1952 Civil Air Transport Agreement between Japan and the US...

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