Delta “Disappointed” in Haneda Decison, Deciding on Fate of MSP-NRT Flight

by Adam

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.”

Meanwhile, both American and United issued statements praising the new agreement.

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shaun February 18, 2016 - 2:42 pm

Surprised they didn’t blame the ME3 for this decision 🙂 But seriously, having better timed flights at the more conveniently located HND is great. I can see how it puts Delta behind the 8ball a bit with no connecting partner, but it benefits all the other carriers as well as the consumer.

ghostrider5408 February 18, 2016 - 3:12 pm

I agree normally they blame the ME3 for the rain !! You know for years DL used old 76’s for those routes and I remember how horrible those flights were let alone their pricing, so now along comes the787 and real alternatives and their once again crying. Seems things are catching up with DL


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