United bids for six new slots at Tokyo's Haneda airport
By Tracy Rucinski
CHICAGO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - United Continental Holdings
is applying for six of 12 new slots open to U.S.
carriers at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport in a push to
increase daily nonstop flights to the Japanese capital ahead of
the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond.
Haneda is located closer to downtown Tokyo than the
capital's other international airport Narita, and flies to more
destinations throughout Japan, making it attractive for both
business travelers and tourists.
Thursday is the deadline for applications to the U.S.
Department of Transportation for the 12 extra Haneda slots that
Japan has agreed to allot to U.S. airlines.
The extra slots for U.S. airlines were unlocked after Japan
reached an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to open up new
flight paths around a nearby U.S. air base, a move needed to
boost Haneda movements in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics in
Completion of an aviation agreement between the U.S. and
Japanese governments is expected later this year, United said.
Flights are expected to begin service by the summer of 2020,
once the U.S. Department of Transportation awards the slots.
(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski
Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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