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United Seeks to Add Tokyo Haneda Flights If Delta Doesn’t Return

United Continental Holdings Inc. asked U.S. regulators for permission to fly to Tokyo’s Haneda airport if Delta Air Lines Inc. abandons service there after the March 11 earthquake.

Delta plans a June resumption of flights from Detroit and Los Angeles to Haneda, where it suspended service in late March, Trebor Banstetter, a spokesman, said today. The flights have been loaded in its schedule for at least a week, he said.

“This has always been a temporary suspension of service,” Banstetter said in a telephone interview.

United Continental broached the idea of serving Haneda in a March 29 regulatory filing. The Chicago-based carrier said it could add daily service from Guam, New Jersey’s Newark airport or San Francisco “in the event that Delta (or any other Haneda-authorized U.S. carrier) decides to abandon service.”

AMR Corp.’s American Airlines also suspended its Haneda flight for most of April, and said last week that service would resume on April 26. Failure to restart a flight within 90 days is considered abandonment.

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