(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The U.S. Department of Transportation and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
November 15, 2012
DOT Proposes to Allow Delta to Move Tokyo Haneda Service to
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today proposed to
allow Delta Air Lines to serve Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport
Under a U.S.-Japan agreement, U.S. airlines may operate a total
of four daily round-trip flights per day at Haneda Airport,
where operations are limited. In 2010, DOT awarded Delta two of
those flight opportunities, one for service from Detroit and the
other from Los Angeles.
On July 30, Delta asked for DOT’s approval to serve Haneda from
Seattle, rather than Detroit. In response, three other airlines
filed proposals to use the flight opportunity for a new daily
flight of their own. American proposed service from Los Angeles,
Hawaiian from Kona, Hawaii, and United Air Lines from San
Francisco. The Department instituted a proceeding to consider
the competing proposals.
In its show-cause order, the Department tentatively concluded
that it would be in the public interest to allow Delta to use
the opportunity for service from Seattle. Delta’s proposal would
provide the first nonstop service between Haneda and Seattle and
provide a number of Western U.S. cities with their first one-stop connecting service to Haneda, DOT tentatively found.
In addition to Delta’s current service from Detroit and Los
Angeles, service to Haneda Airport is also provided by American
Airlines from New York’s JFK Airport and Hawaiian Airlines from
Objections to the show-cause order are due on Nov. 26. If
objections are filed, answers to objections will be due Dec. 3.
The show-cause order and other documents in the case are
available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2010-0018.
Contact: Bill Mosley
Tel.: (202) 366-4570
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