As predicted, the battle for Haneda has commenced. For those that don't know, Haneda is the second airport in Tokyo Japan. Since the opening of Narita in the 70s, Hanada was limited to domestic flights and flights from neighboring countries. Recently, a new runway was opened up at Haneda increasing the capacity and due to a recent agreement with the Japanese government, the US has a four flight authorities to give away.
- Continental proposing nonstop service from Newark (EWR) and Guam (GUM)
- Delta proposing nonstop service from Detroit (DTW), Honlulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA)
- United proposing service from San Francisco (SFO)
- American proposing service from Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK)
Delta is proposing the largest number of flights stating that their alliance doesn't have a base at HND and thus they are at a competitive disadvantage. Of course, this is the same carrier that has been stating for months that they are the largest carrier between the US and Japan. While I realize the two are different airports, there is a certain twist of irony to it. Beyond that, with out any partners at HND, Delta would need to survive exclusively on O&D (Originating and Destined) traffic on these routes.
My crystal ball says that the ones that ones likely to get approved are:
- Continental GUM-HND
- United SFO-HND
- One Delta
- One American
This should prove to be interesting.