HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three of the four U.S. airlines serving Haneda airport are happy about new flight slots. The new agreement creates a new nighttime flight slot and moves the current four slots to daytime.
Hawaiian, which flies Haneda to Honolulu, is happy. American, which flies Haneda to LAX and is an alliance partner with Japan Airlines, is happy. United, which flies Haneda to SFO and is an alliance partner with ANA, is happy.
Delta, which flies Haneda to LAX and is an alliance partner with Korean Air, is upset.
Delta says it should have more Haneda slots to make up for not having a Japanese partner. What Delta isn't saying is that it has not once, but several times, been given a second slot, only to repeatedly break its promises on flight frequency, offering excuses instead. In the most recent instance it said Haneda to Seattle wasn't working because the traffic was seasonal, all the while flying consistent traffic from Narita regardless of season.
Delta's objection is the reason the new changes are described as "proposed" so far.