Japan gets approval for new flight routes over Haneda airport using U.S. airspace

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The government has received approval from the United States to set new commercial flight routes in U.S.-controlled airspace over Tokyo’s Haneda airport in order to increase services ahead of the 2020 Olympics, government sources said Tuesday.

The U.S. has controlled huge areas of airspace over the capital and vicinity since the end of World War II. Tokyo will explore whether the latest move could eventually lead to Washington formally returning more of the airspace, the sources said.

The so-called Yokota Rapcon airspace is set in six different levels at altitudes between 2,450 and 7,000 meters, stretching over Tokyo and eight other prefectures. Yokota is the name of the air base in western Tokyo where the U.S. military in Japan has its headquarters.

Read more at The Japan Times.

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