Hawaiian Airlines Opposes United Airlines’ Slot Application at Haneda Airport

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines has submitted a formal response opposing United Airlines’ application for late-night and early-morning slots at Haneda Airport.

Hawaiian Airlines reiterated its commitment to utilizing all allocated late-night and early-morning slots for its Tokyo/Haneda to Honolulu and Kona routes during the winter schedule, while planning a phased increase in flights. Ticket sales started on October 17th.

Hawaiian Airlines stated that they will fully comply with the condition that slots not used within 90 days are considered dormant and their allocation will automatically expire. The airline has indicated plans to fully resume the use of these slots within six months. Citing American Airlines’ solid usage plans in the Colombian market as a reason for the denial of Spirit Airlines’ slot application, Hawaiian Airlines argued that United Airlines’ application for slots should be rejected, as they have presented a clear operating plan.

The flow between Japan and Hawaii is predominantly from Japan, and the demand is recovering. Approximately 50% of users book flights more than 90 days before departure, and about 69% book 60 days in advance. This indicates that the business demand is high and contrasts with routes connecting Haneda to the mainland U.S., where the demand is largely from the American side.

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