The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has made a tentative decision to allow Delta Air Lines to retain its slots at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport.
Delta resumed its non-stop service between Seattle and Haneda after a temporary seasonal suspension. Should Delta’s Haneda-Seattle service fail, the DOT plans to hand the slots to American Airlines.
Hawaiian Airlines, which also competed for the slots, said in a statement: “Hawaiian's proposed route would have generated more economic benefit than that offered by either Delta or American. None of these facts are in dispute by the DOT.”
It added: “The tentative ruling also reveals a long-held institutional bias among decision makers favouring the interests of US business travellers over those of US travel-related businesses and travellers in general.”