18-Apr-2011 10:24 AM

Hawaiian Airlines claims Delta may be using earthquake as excuse for suspension

Hawaiian Airlines has alleged Delta Air Lines may be using the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami as a "convenient excuse" to justify suspending services to Tokyo Haneda International Airport (Dow Jones Newswires, 13-Apr-2011). Hawaiian Airlines stated information it had on Delta's bookings "suggests [the airline] may be using the terrible events in Japan as a convenient excuse to suspend its service to Haneda and funnel as much traffic through Narita as possible." Delta dismissed the claim and said its suspension until the peak summer season was "appropriate". Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have both suspended Haneda services following a decline in traffic. Hawaiian has maintained its daily service to Tokyo Haneda and is seeking a second daily frequency if Delta and American fail to restart their respective services. United Continental Holdings Inc is also seeking to launch services if any US carrier "abandoned" service. Hawaiian Airlines also stated Delta's Haneda services faced a "grim" outlook because they were cannibalising business from existing services from its Tokyo Narita hub.

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