Japan airlines ANA and JAL locked in fresh landing slot battle
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's two biggest airlines were locked in a fresh battle on Friday over landing slots at a Tokyo airport, with the civil aviation regulator playing referee between the warring carriers.
The spat erupted again as All Nippon Airways (ANA) lodged a complaint over rival Japan Airlines' (JAL) application to launch a new route to Ho Chi Minh City from downtown Haneda airport, the world's fourth-busiest hub.
The request came several months after Japan's transport ministry awarded twice as many Haneda landing slots to ANA, prompting threats of legal action from its key domestic rival which had earlier received a massive bankruptcy rescue from Tokyo.
On Friday, ANA president Shinichiro Ito said JAL's request was giving the airline a "great sense of crisis", and warned it was falling behind its bailed-out rival.