WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today proposed to approve United Airlines’ application to serve Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport from San Francisco, Calif.
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. As a result of prior proceedings, the four flights have been operated by Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu; Delta Air Lines from Los Angeles and Seattle; and, until December 2013, American Airlines from New York (JFK).
The Department launched a proceeding to award the newly available Haneda opportunity after American Airlines informed DOT that it would be ending its New York-Haneda service. Two airlines applied; United proposed service from San Francisco, Calif., and Hawaiian proposed service from Kona, Hawaii.
The Department has now tentatively determined that United’s San Francisco-Haneda service proposal would provide the best use of the one available opportunity. DOT tentatively found that United’s proposal would introduce a new U.S. carrier at Haneda and would promote competition by giving business and leisure travelers an additional choice for connecting service to Haneda via United’s well-established San Francisco hub.
Objections to the tentative decision are due by March 10. If objections are filed, answers to objections will be due March 17. The tentative decision and other documents in the case are available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2010-0018.