Regulators at the US Department of Transportation (DOT) have declared they intend to make a prompt decision in allocating newly-available slots at Tokyo Haneda airport to US carriers.
The slots resulted from the conclusion of an open skies pact reached between Japan and the USA in December 2009.
Terms of the deal allow for four daily slots at Haneda each for US and Japanese carriers. However, open skies is contingent on All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines gaining anti-trust immunity with their respective US partners.
On 26 January DOT officially said it was accepting applications from carriers to receive the slots, with a 10 February submittal deadline.
In its notice to receive applications DOT states: "We may decide to proceed directly to final order once we have received and reviewed all applications and responsive material requested."