Slots at RJTT and RJAA to be Restricted in October due to Diplomatic Flight Activity

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Japanese airport authorities advise that there will be no slot availability for non-scheduled/ad-hoc flights at Tokyo’s Haneda (RJTT) and Narita (RJAA) airports during the period 19-26 October 2019. Heavy diplomatic flight traffic associated with the Enthronement Proclamation Ceremony for Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito on October 22 is expected at Tokyo’s major airports. If your operation is associated with this ceremony, then slots at RJTT and RJAA must be secured via diplomatic channels. This involves submitting a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) through the embassy of one’s own country in Japan. Once approval is in place, IAJ can coordinate details with government authorities, and provide our usual range of ground handling and VIP services.

If a planned operation is not associated with the enthronement ceremony, IAJ advises operators to schedule flight activity outside the 19-26 October time frame, or consider operating through one of Japan’s other airports. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like further information, or require assistance in planning your next operation.

Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne May 1 in a handover ceremony, marking the start of the Reiwa era. At the Oct. 22 event, the emperor will proclaim his ascension on an occasion designed to introduce him to the world. More than 2500 guests, including dignitaries from almost 200 countries, will attend the event.

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