American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta Haneda Landing Slot

By Paul Riegler on 3 October 2014
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Haneda International Terminal Check-in Area

Haneda International Terminal Check-in Area

American Airlines Group said it had filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a landing slot at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport currently held by Delta Air Lines.  American said that the Atlanta-based carrier isn’t making the best possible use of the flight rights.

The airline wants to use Delta’s Haneda slot to operate daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Tokyo, a plan “substantially superior to Delta’s near-dormant Seattle-Haneda service,” it said in the filing.

The Fort Worth-based airline, which has been increasing its presence in Asia, said in its filing with the Department of Transportation that Delta will only operate the Seattle-Haneda route 17 times in the coming six months instead of the 182 possible days.

Both Delta and All Nippon Airways operate service linking Haneda with Los Angeles at the current time.

While the majority of international flights arrive at Tokyo’s Narita airport an hour or more away from the city, Tokyo International Airport, or Haneda, is adjacent to Tokyo Bay and offers quick access to all parts of the city.

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