American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots
American Airlines filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday to operate daily, year-round non-stop service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The service would use the slots currently operated by Delta Air Lines from Seattle.
This is the second time American is making the request. In October, American made a similar filing, stating that Delta wasn’t making the best possible use of the flight rights. In December, the Department of Transportation said it would revisit the issue.
In accordance with a bi-lateral treaty, U.S. airlines may only operate a total of four daily round-trip flights at Haneda Airport. American previously operated one of those four trips out of New York but later gave it up.
American is not the only airline going after Delta’s slot. Hawaiian Airlines wants to operate service linking Kona, Hawaii and Haneda.
Currently, three U.S. airlines offer service to Hanena: Delta Air Lines from Los Angeles and Seattle, Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu, and United Airlines from San Francisco.
Given the limitations at Haneda, “it is imperative that American be allowed to compete,” said American president Scott Kirby said in a statement. “We are the only U.S. global network carrier without the authority to operate our own aircraft at Haneda.”
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