DoT gives tentative approval to award four routes to Haneda airport
US Department of Transportation (DoT) granted (07-May-2010) tentative approval to operate four routes to Tokyo Haneda Airport to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Hawaiian Airlines when the airport’s fourth runway becomes operational in late-2010. The opportunities were negotiated in connection with the US-Japan Open Skies agreement concluded in Dec-2009. They permit US carriers to introduce a total of four daily round-trip services at Haneda. If the proposed decision is made final, the selected carriers would be required to commence Haneda operations by 29-Jan-2011. Objections to the show-cause order are due in ten days, and answers to objections are due seven days later. After the comment period ends, the Department will issue a final decision. [more] Hawaiian Airlines' route application to the DoT proposes twice-daily Honolulu-Haneda service commencing late Oct-2010 initially with B767-300ER aircraft, before adding its A330-200 aircraft onto the route. [more] American Airlines plans to operate daily New York-Haneda service commencing 01-Oct-2010. [more] - See route changes table for more information. Delta welcomed the approval to commence services from Los Angeles and Detroit. [more]. Continental Airlines, which applied with Continental Micronesia, filed for routes from Newark Liberty Airport and Guam. United Airlines sought service from San Francisco but both carriers were denied the flights they sought. Transportation Department spokesman Bill Mosley said the recently announced merger was not a factor in the decision.