American, Delta, Hawaiian, United Get Additional Tokyo Haneda Slots

By Paul Riegler on 16 May 2019
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Tokyo Haneda Airport

Tokyo Haneda Airport

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday the assignment of 12 new slot pairs at Tokyo Haneda Airport.

Four carriers – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, and United Airlines – sought a total of 19 slot pairs when they applied in February 2019.

The DOT assigned five slot pairs to Delta, four to United, two to American, and one to Hawaiian.

American received permission to operate flights to Haneda from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles, while Delta was granted Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Portland, and Seattle. Hawaiian received permission to operate flights from Honolulu, and United was granted permission to operate flights from Chicago, Newark, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Slots for flights to Haneda Airport are considered highly desirable because of the airport’s proximity to downtown Tokyo, versus Tokyo’s other airport, Narita International Airport, which is outside the city.

“Enhanced service at Haneda would give our customers better access to downtown Tokyo,” said Richard Isom, the president of American Airlines, in February.

The 12 new slots are in addition to the six currently being used by U.S. carriers. American and United each operate one daily non-stop flight to Haneda while Delta and Hawaiian each operate two. American serves Haneda from Los Angeles, United from San Francisco, Delta from Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Hawaiian from Honolulu and Kona.

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