Delta Air Lines has received approval from the US Department of Transportation to commence a new daytime service linking Atlanta with Tokyo Haneda Airport.

This follows an agreement between the United States and Japan that opened up daytime slots for flights between the US and Tokyo Haneda.

Delta also received tentative approval to launch flights to Haneda from Los Angeles and Minneapolis back in July.

As a result of the move, Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Delta will discontinue its existing Minneapolis–Tokyo Narita flights from October 29, effectively shifting its operation to Tokyo Haneda instead.

This is consistent with a recent trend that has seen many carriers favour Haneda over Narita, given its more central location in the Japanese capital.

“The proximity of Haneda airport to Tokyo’s business district will provide Delta customers quicker and more convenient access to the centre of the city,” said Delta’s chief executive Peter Carter.

Meanwhile, fellow US carriers American Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have also been granted daytime slots at Haneda for flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu respectively.

For more information, visit

Clement Huang