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United Continental seeking Tokyo Haneda slots if Japan service resumptions continue

6-Apr-2011 10:07 AM

United Continental Holdings has requested US regulators for permission to operate to Tokyo Haneda Airport if Delta Air Lines abandons service to the airport following the 11-Mar-2011 earthquake and tsunami (Bloomberg/Dow Jones, 05-Apr-2011). The carrier stated it could add a daily service from Guam, Newark or San Francisco "in the event that Delta (or any other Haneda-authorised US carrier) decides to abandon service". Delta Air Lines spokesman Trevor Banstetter stated the carrier plans a Jun-2011 resumption of services from Detroit and Los Angeles to Haneda, where it suspended service on 24-Mar-2011. “This has always been a temporary suspension of service,” Mr Banstetter said. Delta stated United Continental's move was unwarranted and criticised the carrier for not noting the "highly unusual" condition of the US-Japan market following the March 11 disasters. American Airlines separately stated it plans to resume services to Haneda from 26-Apr-2011. Hawaiian Airlines has maintained its Haneda services. Failure to restart a service within 90 days is considered abandonment.