US DOT grants tentative approval to US big 3 airlines for new flights to Tokyo-Haneda
According to press statements released by Delta, American Airlines, and United Airlines, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has given tentative approvals for flights between the United States and Tokyo-Haneda Airport.
The announcement follows the agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments to open up the airspace around Tokyo-Haneda airport, which has led to the opening up of additional flight slots. As part of the deal, the United States was allocated half of the available slots which has led to the bidding for new flights to the Tokyo area by United, Delta, American, and Hawaiian Airlines.
While the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted the tentative approval for the routes, all the airlines participating in the bidding process can submit responses prior to the final decision which is expected to come by the end of the summer. Once the airlines are granted final approval, the new flights could start by the summer of 2020 - just in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Atlanta-based Delta announced it was given approval for its flights from Tokyo-Haneda to Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Portland, and Honolulu. Delta currently operates flights from Haneda to Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the airline will have all its proposed routes get the tentative go-ahead.