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Japan Airlines' Yutaka Kobayashi, VP-industry affairs.

Japan Airlines' Yutaka Kobayashi, VP-industry affairs

Tokyo--Some 38 foreign airlines are seeking to start service to Japan but none will be able to do so for two years, because of airport congestion at the two points that they want to serve--Tokyo and Osaka. According to Yutaka Kobayashi, VP-industry affairs of Japan Airlines, it is most unlikely that the current level of 350 daily flight movements at Narita Airport can be increased until the two projected additional runways are completed. Jet movements at Osaka, Japan's second international airport, have been frozen at 200 a day for over 18 years. The city's new Kansai airport in Osaka Bay will not open until 1993.

Kobayashi says that the congestion at the two principal Japanese airports represents a very severe constraint on foreign carriers wishing to step up frequency into Japan as well as on those wanting to enter the market. …

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