Delta, who previously threatened to cancel their Minneapolis-Tokyo Narita flight if additional US-Haneda flights were allowed, says it’s disappointed in the decision by the US Departments of Transportation and State and the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The deal will allow for 10 daytime slots and two nighttime slots at Haneda, which will be split evenly between US and Japanese carriers. Delta is worried about their Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub becoming unprofitable if customers have more options to fly to Haneda which is closer to downtown Tokyo. As per the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal:
Delta Chief Legal Officer Peter Carter said in a prepared statement that the Atlanta-based airline “is deeply disappointed with the final agreement reached today between the U.S. and Japanese governments to incrementally open the Tokyo-Haneda airport.” “Tokyo-Haneda will remain a severely restricted airport with limited competition,” the statement continued. “Delta is committed to doing our best to maintain the viability of our current Asian route structure and our Tokyo-Narita hub for as long as possible, recognizing that commercial impacts are imminent. Delta will make a careful assessment and adjust our network accordingly.”
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