Delta allowed to retain valuable Haneda slot

Delta Air Lines has been allowed to retain its Seattle Tacoma Int’l-Tokyo Haneda slot pair by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) following its instigation by rivals American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Late last year, American and Hawaiian petitioned the DOT to strip Delta of the route following its decision to operate only 17 return fl ights between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda from 1 October 2014 to 28 March 2015.


Delta allowed to retain valuable Haneda slot


Delta Air Lines has been allowed to retain its Seattle Tacoma Int’l-Tokyo Haneda slot pair by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) following its instigation by rivals American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Late last year, American and Hawaiian petitioned the DOT to strip Delta of the route following its decision to operate only 17 return fl ights between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda from 1 October 2014 to 28 March 2015.

In its initial finding, the DOT said the reduced service, whose overall frequency was only just enough to prevent the Department’s 90-day dormancy condition from kicking in, ‘severely undercut the public interest’ thereby warranting an inquest.

But, despite proposals from American (a year-round, daily return Los Angeles Int’l-Tokyo Haneda service) and Hawaiian (a year-round, daily return Kona-Haneda service), the DOT upheld its original 2013 decision to award Delta the Haneda slot pairing on the grounds that it was and still is the best possible use of the coveted slot.

The DOT did however, attach stringent conditions and protective measures designed to ensure Delta operates the route as a year-round daily service. “Any failure, without a Department-granted waiver, to perform a Seattle-Haneda flight, and any failure, without a Department-granted waiver, to perform a Haneda-Seattle flight, on each and every day of every week (7-days a week, 365-days a year), will constitute a violation of Delta’s Seattle-Haneda authority subject to enforcement,” the DOT said in its decision.