Star Alliance just scored a big win. It's no secret that airlines around the world have been vying for access to slots ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. The government of Japan finally announced the winners of new slots at Tokyo's Haneda Airport (HND) this week.
We now know that All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be given 13.5 daily slots. The news serves as a big boost for ANA's Star Alliance partner airlines. Oneworld isn't totally out of luck when it comes to the new slots that are being opened up for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Japanese government has awarded 11.5 daily slots to Japan Airlines (JAL).
Japan's government made the decision to open up 50 new slots at Tokyo's main airport in order to accommodate the heavy traffic that is expected when the games roll into town next summer. Half of the new slots are being given to Japanese airlines. The rest will be split among airlines from places like Italy, China, Turkey, Scandinavia, India, Australia and the United States.
Many insiders were surprised by the fact that Japan's government did not allocate any new slots to Spanish airlines. Carriers from the United States and China were granted many slots. Japan's decision to be generous with these two countries reflects the importance of trade partnerships. In addition, the United States will play a pivotal role in freeing up air space near Tokyo next summer.
All of the new slots being opened up in Japan are expected to be in service by the spring of 2020. Most carriers will begin adding extra flights to Japan by some point before the end of March. Next spring will mark the first time that many carriers from Europe will offer daytime flights to Tokyo. The 2020 Summer Olympics will run from July 24 to Aug. 9.