American Airlines Renews Push for New DFW Route to Tokyo's Haneda Airport

American Airlines is renewing renew its push for additional routes to Tokyo's Haneda Airport, one of the world's busiest travel hubs.The Fort Worth-based carrier said Thursday it will apply to the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin Haneda routes from Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Its new application is a result of the U.S. and Japan reaching a tentative agreement last month to expand access at Haneda, opening up to 12 additional daytime slot pairs for U.S. airlines."Tokyo is an important hub for our Pacific joint business with Japan Airlines," American President Robert Isom said in a statement. "Enhanced service at Haneda would give our customers better access to downtown Tokyo and open up JAL's domestic network with flights to destinations like Osaka, Sapporo and Fukuoka."American now operates on daily flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Haneda, a route that dates back to 2016. Haneda is about an hour closer to downtown Tokyo than Narita Airport, where American also has daily service.In 2016, American lost a bid to launch a DFW-to-Haneda route when the government awarded an open daytime slot to Delta and Minneapolis-St. Paul. That slot had been up for grabs after routes were awarded to Delta and American from Los Angeles, United from San Francisco, and Hawaiian from Honolulu.   Continue reading...

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