ANA seeks to take all 4 U.S. route slots at Haneda

ANA seeks to take all 4 U.S. route slots at Haneda

All Nippon Airways has asked the transport ministry to grant it all four daily slots for U.S.-bound flights from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to be allocated to Japanese carriers when they become available in October, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. ANA is arguing that allowing Japan Airlines, restructuring with the help of the government, to open new routes ‘‘will distort the competitive environment,’’ according to the sources.
  
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry have been making arrangements to give two slots each to ANA and JAL, but might review its plan, the sources said.
  
New landing-and-takeoff slots will be created after the opening of a fourth runway at Haneda airport in October. The U.S. Department of Transportation said earlier this month that it will approve Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines to inaugurate flights from the U.S. to Haneda, if no objections are lodged.

-Kyodo