U.S. and Japanese aviation delegations have met in Tokyo to sign an agreement that will increase daytime services between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and US destinations.
The proposed amendment to the US-Japan Open Skies Agreement allocates 12 new slot pairs (12 arrivals and 12 departures daily) for US carriers and 12 new slot pairs for Japanese airlines.
For US carriers, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a final decision on 9 August, 2019, selecting four airlines to provide the 12 new daytime services.
The four chosen were American Airlines from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles; Delta Air Lines from Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Portland, and Honolulu; Hawaiian Airlines (pictures above) from Honolulu; and United Airlines from Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Washington-Dulles and Los Angeles.
These new services are expected to begin on, or around 29 March, 2020, at the start of the IATA summer 2020 traffic season, and in time for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.