American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United Apply to Operate Daytime Haneda Flights

By Paul Riegler on 22 April 2016
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International check-in area at Tokyo Haneda

International check-in area at Tokyo Haneda

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, and United Airlines all submitted applications Thursday to the Department of Transportation to offer daytime service from the United States to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

The move follows a new agreement between the United States and Japan that allows for more daytime flights to Haneda, an airport considered highly desirable because of its proximity to downtown Tokyo. The new agreement calls for five new daytime slots and one additional nighttime slot to be made available to U.S. carriers.

American proposed two daily flights to Haneda, one from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the other from Los Angeles International Airport, from which it currently operates an evening flight which it would shift to a morning departure if granted the new slot.

Delta has asked to operate three daily flights to Haneda, one from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and one from Los Angeles International Airport, from which it currently operates a nighttime flight, which it would presumably shift to daytime as well.

Hawaiian asked for a daily flight from Honolulu International Airport, which it currently serves with a nighttime flight, and a second slot for a daily flight from Honolulu four days a week and from Kona International Airport for the remainder of the week.

Finally, United applied for two slots for daily flights, one from Newark Liberty International Airport, and the other from San Francisco International Airport, from which it currently operates a nighttime flight which it said it would shift to daytime if it were granted the slot.

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