The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted approval to the U.S. big three carriers — United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta — and Hawaiian Airlines to fly to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
The approval means that flights from all four airlines could be operating in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which are scheduled to kicked off on July 24, 2020.
Of the 12 new flight slots that had to be awarded by the DOT, American received two, United received four, Delta received five, and Hawaiian received one.
American is expected to fly new service from Dallas Fort Worth, along with an additional flight from Los Angeles International Airport, where American already offers Haneda service.
Delta is expected to fly new Haneda service from Atlanta; Seattle; Detroit; Honolulu; and Portland, Oregon. In a statement announcing the approval, Delta executive Steve Sear said the additional five routes would make it easier for Delta to compete with the other carriers who already have codeshare agreements with Japanese airlines…