There have been a whole bunch of chapters in the saga to find a home for the last non-operating frequency between the US and Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Delta had the slot for a while and was operating the bare minimum of service from Seattle to keep the slot. American Airlines lobbied for the slot, badgering the DOT about it until Delta finally gave the slot up. Delta waited until the exact day when American was supposed to launch service and poked American back, petitioning the DOT to take the slot […]
Foolishly, I may have thought the fight over Haneda slots was over between Delta and American. But, Delta seems to be interested in pushing the issue again. They might technically be right on this one as well…..
It’s an interesting tactic. American Airlines has filed a complaint with the DOT stating that they should be able to take Delta’s Haneda slot. The crux of their argument is that given Delta’s significant reduction in flights from Seattle to Tokyo’s Haneda airport over the winter, the DOT should hand those rights to American who will operate daily service to Haneda. You can hear commentary on Delta’s changes (as well as my thoughts on American Airlines in Argentina and United’s reductions) on this Dots, Lines and Destinations podcast I was […]