Japan seeks to route flights through US-controlled airspace in western Tokyo
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — American and Japanese authorities are negotiating who gets to control aircraft passing over western Tokyo amid efforts to boost the number of international flights into the capital ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
Yokota’s 374th Operational Support Squadron controls air traffic over Tokyo’s western suburbs and parts of Saitama, Tochigi, Gunma, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Niigata, Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures.
However, Japanese officials want to route civilian jumbo jets through that airspace to increase the capacity of Haneda International Airport — which, along with Narita International Airport, is one of the two major gateways for foreign visitors to Tokyo.
Hoping to get the new flightpath up and running in time for the Olympics, the officials hope to confirm an agreement on the issue as early as this month at a meeting of the Japan-U.S. Joint Committee, where the allies consult over operation of the status of forces agreement governing American military forces in the country, the Yomiuri newspaper reported this week.
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