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American to keep Haneda route as regulators reject Delta claim

American Airlines plans to begin daily service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Feb. 11.
American Airlines plans to begin daily service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Feb. 11. Brandon Wade

Bloomberg News is reporting that American Airlines will keep the right to fly between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda airport, after federal regulators rejected complaints from Delta Air Lines.

According to Bloomberg, American will have until March 27 to begin the flights to Haneda airport, the U.S. Transportation Department ruled. The carrier said this month that it would begin daily service starting Feb. 11 after securing favorable arrival and departure times from Japanese officials.

The U.S. decision was the latest development in an almost year-long spat between the carriers for one of only four existing routes between the U.S. and Haneda, which many business travelers prefer because it’s located closer to the Japanese capital.

Read the Bloomberg report here.

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