Haneda Airport files lawsuit against Skymark Airlines

11/02/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal said Nov. 1 it filed a lawsuit against Japan’s Skymark Airlines in Tokyo for refusing to pay a facility usage levy that amounted to 115.1 million yen ($1.5 million).

According to the Japan Airport Terminal (JAT), Haneda raised its fees in April 2011 from 100 yen ($1.28) per adult to 170 yen ($2.18). Skymark objected and refused to pay the increased amount.

“We have discussed the increased fees with JAT and paid them up until Aug. 31,” said Kayo Okuda, a spokesperson for Skymark. “We have refused to pay since then because raising the levy doesn’t have any merit.”

Haneda said the fee goes towards the expense of its facility, including maintaining departure and arrival lobbies, gate lounges, concourses, boarding guidance equipment, moving walkways, and other facilities and equipment.

Skymark Airlines is Japan’s third-largest and fastest-growing airline, and it planned to start operations in the future on international routes linking Narita to destinations in Europe and the U.S.

The airline was launched in 1998 as the “New Wing” of the aviation industry in Japan. Since then, they have served approximately 4.4 million passengers per year with 19 aircraft.

They are known for providing the most reasonable fares for its 65 daily return flights within its 21-route network, which covers the area from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa, keeping costs low by unifying the fleet type and simplifying operations.

The Haneda passenger output has made it the second-busiest airport in Asia and the fifth-busiest in the world, after Atlanta’s Hartstfield-Jackson Airport, Beijing Capital Airport, Chicago O’Hare Airport and London Heathrow Airport.

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