Approval came Tuesday morning, more than a month later than expected, but without any change to the preliminary approvals announced in early May, so Hawaiian gets one daily flight slot to serve Tokyo Haneda airport.
DOT also gave a daily flight slot to American Airlines, which plans to serve Tokyo Haneda from New York JFK, and two for Delta Air Lines, which will fly daily to Tokyo Haneda from LAX and Detroit.
Flights will begin as soon as October, when a new runway at Haneda airport is scheduled to open. All-Nippon Airways plans to launch daily service from Haneda to Honolulu at the same time.
Hawaiian responded to the preliminary approval by renewing its original request for two daily flight slots but failed to get that in the final version. The final version shut out United and Continental, as the preliminary version had.
For Delta and American the appeal of Haneda is that it is convenient to downtown Tokyo, where its business travelers are generally headed. Most international flights go to Tokyo Narita, an hour out of town.
For Hawaiian and ANA the appeal of Haneda-Honolulu flights is that Haneda handles most domestic flights to Tokyo from other Japanese cities, making for an easier transfer to the Honolulu leg of a vacation trip.