The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing to allow Delta Air Lines to shift the gateway of its Detroit to Tokyo Haneda flight to Seattle, despite the opposition of other mainline carriers.
Delta had won approval to fly routes to Haneda from Detroit and Los Angeles in 2010, but sought permission to fly from Seattle instead of Detroit in June.
American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines each proposed their own routes to Haneda in response. American proposed service from Los Angeles, United from San Francisco and Hawaiian from Kona, Hawaii.
In a show-cause order, the DOT said that Delta's proposal to fly from Seattle would be the most conducive to the public interest. It cites the fact it would be the first nonstop service between the two cities and would also serve as a connection point for many other cities in the western portion of the USA.
Under an agreement between the United States and Japan, US airlines can operate four round-trip flights per day to Haneda. The remaining three openings are filled by Delta's frequency from Los Angeles as well as American from JFK and Hawaiian from Honolulu.
Objections to the DOT's show-cause order are due by 26 November, and answers to any objections filed would be due 3 December.