United Airlines has filed an
application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a
total of six daily nonstop flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)
from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Chicago O'Hare
International Airport (ORD), Washington Dulles International
Airport (IAD), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Houston
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Guam's A.B. Won Pat
International Airport (GUM).
Pending completion of an aviation
agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments later this
year, and slots awarded by DOT, the flights are expected to begin
service by the summer of 2020.
Together, the flights from five U.S. mainland
hub cities and Guam will connect Tokyo Haneda with 112 U.S.
airports, representing approximately two thirds of U.S.-Tokyo
demand, or more than three million annual Tokyo bookings.
by the DOT, these new nonstop flights would expand United's
best-in-class Japan route network to better meet demand from U.S.
consumers and businesses," said United Airlines President Scott
Kirby. "Tokyo is a hub of 21st century global commerce and
innovation and one of the world's most popular tourist
destinations. Today's filing demonstrates United's unparalleled
commitment to helping more Americans travel between our nation and
Japan's capital city. Our proposed flights to Tokyo Haneda will
offer an unrivaled experience and maximize choice and convenience
for our customers traveling between the United States and Tokyo
for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and beyond."
proposed daily flights from Newark/New York, Los Angeles and Guam
would supplement the airline's existing daily flights between
those hubs and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT), while
United would shift existing daily nonstop Chicago, Washington D.C.
and Houston flights from Tokyo Narita to Tokyo Haneda.
United's application is in response to
the U.S. DOT instituting a competitive route proceeding to
allocate slot pairs, with Thursday's application filed under DOT
proceeding # DOT-OST-2019-0014.