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Fuel tax, landing fee cuts sought for Naha Airport

Date Posted: 2009-12-03

A member of the Peopleís New Party has called for changes to national policy to reduce aviation fuel taxes and lower landing fees at Naha International Airport.

Diet Representative Shizuka Kamei introduced the proposal at a the Dietís annual business meeting in Tokyo. Kamei, Minister of Japanís Postal Reform, is flexing political power, seeking to extend policies impacting Okinawa and the mainland. The fuel tax and landing fees policies are already in effect for passenger aircraft on routes between the mainland and Okinawa.

The new proposal would extend the savings to cargo aircraft. Okinawaís new air cargo hub terminal would benefit greatly from the fuel tax and landing fees reductions. The proposal will go to the government system taxation investigation committee group. Results are expected to be announced within the year.

Regulations will have to be changed to permit fuel tax reductions. Okinawa Special Promotion Policies must also be changed. To extend the process to aircraft coming to Okinawa from foreign countries, as is now happening with the cargo terminal bringing daily flights from Korea, China, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan, requires additional changes to government regulations. The same type changes must be made to reduce landing fees.

The Okinawa Prefecture government had requested such changes from the new central government before, but hadnít gotten answers. Kameiís policy push should trigger more rapid government action from Tokyo.

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