U.S. carrier applications for Japan's Haneda slots roll in


On Thursday, the Big Three U.S. airlines filed applications with the U.S. Department of Transportation for 12 slots opening at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. 

In advance of the 2020 Olympics in the Japanese capital, the U.S. DOT is accepting proposals as it allocates 12 slots for U.S. carriers to Haneda, which is closer than Narita to central Tokyo. 

The slots come from a tentative agreement between the U.S. and Japan that eases airspace restrictions around the airport. That has created 50 new slots at Haneda, 24 of which will be divided evenly between U.S. and Japanese carriers, according to the Japan Times.

United proposes adding three flights to Haneda from Newark, Los Angeles and Guam. Additionally, United would shift flights that fly from Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles and Houston Bush airports to land at Haneda instead of Narita, said United regulatory and policy VP Steve Morrissey. United currently flies from San Francisco to Haneda.

Delta, meanwhile, also applied for six slots -- daytime service from Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta and Portland, Ore., as well as two daily flights from Honolulu. Delta currently flies to Haneda from Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

American Airlines is asking for four slots, including two flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and one from Las Vegas. American already has one flight between Haneda and Los Angeles and is applying for a second flight between the cities.

American has a joint business agreement with Japan Airlines and United has one with Japanese carrier ANA, and they're drawing upon the potential connections from those agreements in their proposals. 

Delta, meanwhile, has been shifting its traffic from Tokyo to Seoul after establishing a joint venture with Korean Air but said its proposed flights would provide "a competitive and comprehensive alternative" to the two joint ventures. It also is launching service between Seattle and Osaka in April as part of its joint venture with Korean.

Morrissey said he expects the Haneda decisions will be announced in October. Airlines are aiming to begin service for the summer 2020 schedule, which begins in March.

Source: Business Travel News

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