Delta Wants Its Former Tokyo Haneda Route Back from American
The tug of war between American Airlines and Delta Air Lines on service to Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport is not quite over.
Delta filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation asking the agency to take away American’s route authority to Haneda.
“American apparently has no intention of inaugurating the service as promised,” Delta, which now wants the slot back, said in the complaint.
American took over the route authority on October 1 and has yet to obtain slots at Haneda to operate the flight because slots were assigned for the winter season before American received permission to operate the route. The Fort Worth-based airline says it is in the process that
In June, Delta told the DOT that it was “not commercially feasible to operate the slots allocated to Delta for Seattle-to-Haneda service on a consistent daily basis year-round” after American complained that Delta was not consistently operating flights. Delta also said it “lacks a Japan airline partner to provide connectivity” from Haneda to other destinations in the region.
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