Agreement to Allow More Flights Between US, Haneda
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Per a 2010 agreement, only four U.S. airlines have been allowed to fly into and out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport each day. But a new deal will now permit six flights a day from the U.S., USA Today reported.
The agreement, which was made in February, will allow five flights from the U.S. during the day and one at night, the newspaper stated.
Considering Tokyo will be the location of the 2020 Summer Olympics, the airport in Haneda is more convenient than the busier Narita airport because it is closer to the downtown area of Tokyo, according to USA Today.
“Daytime access to Haneda has the potential to significantly expand the number of U.S. cities that can support commercially viable Haneda service, in contrast to what is economically viable with nighttime slots,” Susan McDermott, deputy assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs, told USA Today.
But several airlines are upset about having to compete with each other over who gets to serve the Haneda airport.
United Airlines said it was unfair to force airlines to compete, USA Today reported. American Airlines said the department was wrong to force airlines to reapply.
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