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The Department of Transportation (DOT) denied Delta’s motion to shift its planned Portland International Airport (PDX) to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to any US gateway it chose back in July. It’s been speculated that the route would be cut and now it has been officially announced.
It's official—Delta Air Lines will cancel its Portland (PDX) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) route.
The HND slot will now return to the allocation pool, allowing for U.S. carriers to apply for the slot.
United Airlines has expressed interest in launching HND to Guam (GUM)/Houston (IAH). pic.twitter.com/tDvMrqCaeG
— Ishrion Aviation (@IshrionA) September 22, 2023
With the slot cut, other US carriers can now apply for it. United Airlines is rumored to be making a play for it to add service between Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) and Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) or George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston.
Delta operates flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL),
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
The 2010 US-Japan Memorandum of Understanding provides 17 daytime slot pairs and one nighttime/morning slot pair for US airlines flying to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND). Of the 17, American Airlines has two slots operating from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Delta Air Lines has the six mentioned above (plus the planned Portland International Airport (PDX) flights. Hawaiian has three slots from Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and United Airlines has five slots operated from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Delta has been playing games with the pricing for flights between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) for some time. At one point Delta’s lowest fare on the route was over $10,000.
Anthony’s Take: This route looked doomed from the start with Delta only trying to make a play for the slot to add service to one of its hubs. It will be interesting to see if the DOT awards the slot to United and what route they use it for in the future.
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