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Foreign and domestic carriers complain about high airport fees in Japan.

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The Foreign Airlines Association of Japan (FAAJ), a group of some 41 non-Japanese carriers, has warned Japan that high airport charges at the country's major airports may result in more foreign carriers withdrawing their operations.

A delegation from FAAJ has apparently visited the Japanese Transport Ministry to request a reduction in airport user charges and in particular landing fees, which are amongst some of the highest charged anywhere in the world.

The group has indicated that if the fees are not cut then foreign airlines may move operations from Tokyo to Seoul, Korea, where a new international airport will be built in 2001 according to Reuters. The airports involved include Haneda, Narita in Tokyo and the Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

The FAAJ request follows a similar request made in a petition submitted in July to the Japanese government by the Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan, whose members comprise domestic carriers such as All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.

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