United Continental Holdings (UAL) stands to benefit after its Japanese partner, ANA Holdings received 11 additional takeoff and landing rights at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
ANA was granted more of the international slot pairs by the government than Japan Airlines Co., which received five. The decision is a break from the past, when the carriers shared international slots equally.
The slots will bolster United and ANA’s presence at Haneda, which is favored by business travelers who will pay a premium to land near the middle of the city. ANA and United, which is seeking its first slot on its own at Haneda, are both members of a global group of carriers known as the Star Alliance.