Delta Concedes Seattle-Haneda Route Authority to American

By Paul Riegler on 18 June 2015
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DSC_0629Delta Air Lines, which fought American Airlines tooth and nail for the right to keep its Seattle-Tokyo Haneda route authority, will give up the route this fail, ceding it to American.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta-based airline informed the Department of Transportation that it would give up the route in late September.

The route is “not viable under the current regulatory and market conditions,” the airline said.  The last flight departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for Haneda will be on September 28, 2015, and the last return flight from Haneda will take place on September 30.

“After those operations, Delta will return the slot to the Department of Transportation,” said Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter.

In October 2014, American asked the agency to withdraw Delta’s Seattle-Haneda route authority because the airline was not operating a full schedule of flights on that route.  Delta “would operate the service for approximately only one week every 90 days between October 2014 and late March 2015,” the DOT said in a statement.

In March, the agency told Delta could that it could retain its Haneda route authority if it promised to offer service 365 days a year.  At that time, the agency also selected American Airlines as a back-up should Delta fail to provide the service as set forth in its order.

American plans to use the route authority to provide service from Los Angeles to Haneda.

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