U.S. airlines are applauding a new aviation agreement with Japan that allows for carriers to fly into Tokyo Haneda Airport during the day.
The deal, reached by U.S. and Japanese government officials, amended the “Open Skies” agreement between the two countries to allow for daytime landing and take-off slots at the popular downtown Tokyo airport. Previously, U.S. airlines could only land at night at the airport.
American Airlines launched its daily service between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda last week with its flights arriving in Tokyo at 11 p.m. and departing at 1:30 a.m. for Los Angeles.
“It’s important for our customers to have convenient access to downtown Tokyo during the day, and this agreement also allows for desirable arrival and departure times in the U.S. for Haneda service,” said American’s president Scott Kirby.
The Fort Worth-based carrier said it expects to change its departure and arrival times on its Haneda flights this fall when the daytime slots are expected to be available.
Currently, there are four take-off and four landing slots for U.S. airlines to use at Haneda. Hawaiian Airlines operates Honolulu-Haneda service and United Airlines operates a San Francisco-Haneda route. Delta has one slot from Los Angeles and American has the other slot from Los Angeles.