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American Keeps Tokyo Route as Regulators Reject Delta Claim

  • American plans to begin Los Angeles-Haneda flights on Feb. 11
  • Airlines tussle over airport preferred by business travelers
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American Airlines Group Inc. will keep the right to fly between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda airport, after federal regulators rejected claims by Delta Air Lines Inc. that the privilege should be revoked because American failed to begin service quickly enough.

American has until March 27 to begin the flights to Haneda airport, the U.S. Transportation Department ruled. The carrier said this month that it would begin daily service starting Feb. 11, after securing favorable arrival and departure times from Japanese officials.