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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION APPROVES COMPLAINT AGAINST JAPAN

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena today approved a complaint filed by United Air Lines against the government of Japan for restricting the carrier's proposed flights between Tokyo and Sydney, Australia.
 The department determined that Japan's actions violate the U.S.- Japan bilateral aviation agreement which gives United the right to serve markets beyond Japan. After United filed its schedule last Sept. 4, Japan on Sept. 9 rejected the Tokyo-Sydney portion of a New York-Tokyo- Sydney proposed service. On Nov. 5, United filed its complaint with DOT. Negotiations between the two countries held last month failed to resolve the dispute, the department said.
 Secretary Pena said, "Japan's unilateral actions violate our bilateral agreement. It is unfortunate that the Japanese have chosen to proceed with this course of conduct. While we are prepared to move forward with an appropriate response, we will continue to seek a constructive resolution through negotiations."
 The department found that remedial action is warranted to redress United's complaint. Among the options available to Secretary Pena are United's proposal to require Japanese carriers to file data regarding the traffic they carry between the United States and third countries. Another option is to limit Japan Air Lines' right to carry local passengers between Los Angeles and Brazil on its flights between the U.S. and Japan. The department requested comments from interested parties on whether additional or alternate actions are warranted in light of the Japanese violation.
 Comments on the proposed sanctions are due in seven days, and answers three days later.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Mosley of U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571/


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