Err. You are still to demonstrate (with any reference whatsoever) that the new HND flight MUST commence operation on 29 March 2020 and not a single day later. Until you can provide a credible reference clearly stating that is this is the case, it is not the case no matter how much your bias wants it to be. I am happy to be corrected once a credible reference has been provided (which should be available 'everywhere').Err. HND is slot restricted. “Taken up” = “being used”. The fact that it is 29 March, the start of NS where slots changes occur is a dead giveaway. HND doesn’t use placeholders. You actually have to fly daily from 29 March 2020 because that what was negotiated with the Japanese government.
Why do you think the IASC is expediting the decision and review process.
Of course the QF application is skewed but is consistent with the requirements being set out which is why they are banging on about “another Australian carrier” not being able to meet the regulatory requirements to meet the deadline.
Honestly, leave your bias at the door and read/consider the purpose of why the HND is such a special airport and has many restrictions placed on it.
No one is disputing that the timing of these changes is due to the Olympics and the Japanese government wanting more tourists. However, the requirement is that the slots are taken up on 29 March 2020.
Existing operators will obviously start on 29 March 2020 as they have all necessary approvals already and they want to make $$$$ as soon as possible. VA could as well if the necessary approvals are received in time.
You would think VA know what the requirements for the new HND service actually are and believe they can meet them.
From a common sense point of view, why would a one or two month delay be an issue for a service that could operate for ten to twenty years into the future.
So to repeat, awarding both slots to QF will be similar to not awarding one slot to anyone at all....