Hawaiian Airlines is the first US-based carrier to get its Tokyo Haneda slot request approved.
A total of six slots at the Japanese airport were up for grabs for US airlines, with five of those being daytime slots. Hawaiian has now been approved for the only overnight slot available – an easy decision for the US DoT as according to the ruling: “Neither Delta, United, nor any other carrier has requested the available night-time slot pair. Only Hawaiian has requested the night-time slot pair.”
The approval paves the way for Hawaiian to launch planned daily flights to Tokyo – four from Honolulu International Airport and three from Kona International Airport.
The airline now has 90 days to launch the two services.
Meanwhile, the Big Three US carriers, American, Delta and United, have submitted eight route proposals in their bid to secure multiple daytime slots at Tokyo Haneda. The DoT is working to decide how each slot will be disseminated (see here).
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