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Lingle brings up flight plan with DOT secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, in Washington D.C. for the National Governors Conference, says she brought up Hawaiian Airlines' proposal for Tokyo flights in a meeting she had with Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood.

The Japanese government has made four daily landing slots available to U.S. airlines after adding a new runway to Tokyo's close-in Haneda airport. Five airlines have asked for the slots including Hawaiian, which wants to fly Honolulu-Haneda.

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines have all put in their own bids for one or more slots. The U.S. Department of Transportation will decide who gets what, possibly by May or June, with actual service likely beginning in October.

Lingle met with La Hood over the weekend, then told reporter she had brought up three subjects: Honolulu rail, Hawaii harbor improvements, and Hawaiian Airlines's Haneda bid.

Lingle and the other governors were to see President Obama on Monday with several cabinet secretaries including La Hood present.

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