Japan temporarily cuts airport landing fees by 45%

Japan's transport minister has said the government is slashing airport landing fees by 45 percent to help domestic airlines.

Akaba Kazuyoshi told reporters that the unprecedented drop in demand for air travel caused by the prolonged coronavirus pandemic prompted the decision.

The fee reduction only affects domestic flights at state-controlled airports. It will be applied retroactively from August and will last through February next year.

The transport ministry had previously granted a six-month moratorium on payments of landing fees up to July.