U.S. and Japanese delegations met in Tokyo on Wednesday to sign an agreement that would increase daytime services between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and U.S. destinations. The proposed amendment to the U.S.-Japan Open Skies Agreement allocates 12 new slot pairs (12 arrivals and 12 departures daily) for U.S. carriers and 12 new slot pairs for Japanese airlines.
For U.S. carrier service, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a final decision on August 9, 2019, selecting four U.S. airlines to provide the 12 new daytime services. Under the approvals, American Airlines will fly to Haneda from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles; Delta Air Lines from Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Honolulu, and Portland, Oregon; Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu; and United Airlines from Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Washington-Dulles, and Los Angeles.
Plans call for the new services on or around March 29, 2020, with the beginning of the IATA Summer 2020 traffic season and in time for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Located 8.7 miles south of Tokyo station, Haneda served as the city’s main international airport until 1978, when Narita Airport opened and eventually hosted almost all international flights, leaving Haneda as primarily a domestic hub. However, with the opening of a third terminal in 2010, Haneda began hosting international flights again.