TOKYO (AP) - The CEO of Delta Air Lines is urging the Japanese government to open the skies to greater competition from foreign airlines.

TOKYO (AP) The CEO of Delta Air Lines is urging the Japanese government to open the skies to greater competition from foreign airlines.

Richard Anderson says protection of domestic carriers is holding back foreign airlines such as Delta.

He told reporters Wednesday he wants to move Delta's Tokyo base to Haneda Airport, but the government is creating obstacles.

Anderson says Delta moved its Tokyo hub to Narita International Airport in 1976 at the government's request. Now Delta wants to be based in Haneda again because it is closer to central Tokyo and draws more business.

Anderson says Delta needs 25 additional plane slots to move back.

Haneda will soon add daytime slots for long distance flights, but Anderson says it is unlikely Delta will get all the slots it wants.