Aviation Hawaiian Airlines awarded nighttime Haneda routes By Robert Silk / May 17, 2016 Share 1 -- Hawaiian Airlines will be the lone U.S. carrier to operate night flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport when the new aviation agreement between the U.S. and Japan takes effect on Oct. 30. The DOT awarded the route to Hawaiian on May 13, noting that it was the lone carrier to apply for Haneda night operations.Under the approval, Hawaiian will operate four night flights per week between Haneda and Honolulu and three flights per week between Haneda and Kona. “Flights between Hawaii and Japan are the most traveled and most beneficial to the U.S. economy so be able to expand the number that we can offer to Tokyo Haneda Airport is especially important,” Hawaiian CEO Mark Dunkerley said of the award. The new U.S.-Japan aviation agreement stipulates that six flights per day will be allowed into Haneda from the U.S., up from the four existing flights. In addition, five of those six routes will be operated during the day. At present, U.S. carriers are only allowed to operate night operations at Haneda. Hawaiian is still competing against American, Delta and United for those five daytime Haneda flight allocations. Between them, the carriers have submitted eight applications for routes to seven different U.S. cities. The DOT reviewed Hawaiian’s application for the nighttime Haneda slot separately from the applications for daytime slots over objections from Delta, which argued the process should not be bifurcated. Haneda is Tokyo’s largest and most convenient airport, as it is closer to the city center than Tokyo Narita.