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Hawaiian Airlines loses bid for Haneda-Kona route

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 11:48 a.m. HST, Nov 15, 2012

Hawaiian Airlines has lost its bid to offer nonstop daily service between between Tokyo's Haneda International Airport and Kona on Hawaii island.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said today it instead will allow Delta Air Lines to transfer its previously approved Haneda slot from Detroit to Seattle.

Hawaii island has been without scheduled flights from Japan since Japan Airlines ended service on Oct. 29, 2010, from Narita International Airport.

 Under a U.S.-Japan agreement, U.S. airlines may operate a total of four daily round-trip flights per day at Haneda Airport, where operations are limited.  In 2010, DOT awarded Delta two of those flight opportunities, one for service from Detroit and the other from Los Angeles. The other routes approved at that time from Haneda were Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu service and American Airlines’ service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

 On July 30, Delta asked for DOT’s approval to serve Haneda from Seattle rather than Detroit. Delta subsequently canceled its Haneda-Detroit route on Sept. 30 because it was underperforming.

 In response to Delta’s request to transfer the route, three other airlines, including Hawaiian, filed proposals to use the flight opportunity for a new daily flight of their own.  American proposed service from Los Angeles and United Airlines from San Francisco. 

The DOT said today that it  tentatively concluded that it would be in the public interest to allow Delta to use the opportunity for service from Seattle.

“Delta’s proposal would provide the first nonstop service between Haneda and Seattle and provide a number of Western U.S. cities with their first one-stop connecting service to Haneda,” DOT said.

  Airlines have until Nov. 26 to object to DOT’s order to award the route to Delta.  If objections are filed, answers to objections will be due Dec. 3.

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toobn wrote:
Good! Maybe they'll start taking better care of Kona and Maui...still no direct service to the mainland USA.
on November 15,2012 | 12:48PM
hawaiianmickey wrote:
To bad for the Big Island residents. Also not enough people flying to Kona from the mainland. Hawaiian uses wide bodies. You can't make money on 1/2 empty plane. That's why any direct flight from the mainland are single aisle small planes.
on November 15,2012 | 02:34PM
aomohoa wrote:
Hawaiianmickey don't you know that many people here recent Hawaiian Air being successful. As far as I am concerned they are they only airline I want to fly, when ever possible.
on November 15,2012 | 05:35PM
toobn wrote:
hawaiianmickey, there are lots of folks flying direct from Kona the the mainland, but they are forced to use United, American, Delta, and Alaska Airlines, all of whom fly direct to the mainland from Kona. I'd rather support a local airline like Hawaiian, but won't do it when they snub local Hawaii residents in favor of Japan routes.
on November 15,2012 | 08:07PM
kamoae wrote:
toobn: No direct service from Kona but lots from Maui.
on November 15,2012 | 07:38PM
toobn wrote:
Why should Kona and Kauai residents be forced to take (and pay for) and additonal flight, besides adding about 2 hours to their travel time, because Hawaiian is more interested in the Japanese market? Hawaiian should no longer be considered to be a local Hawaii airline. They've even moved their reservations center to the Phillipines. It used to be so beautiful to be greeted by a distinguished sounding Hawaiian accent on the phone. Now it's sometimes difficult to even understand their phone agents.
on November 15,2012 | 08:12PM
kamoae wrote:
Might be becasuse of all those carriers from the mainland like Alaska Airlines entering the market and offering direct service to the mainland from those destinations.. Yes, I guess the Hawaiian accent has been replaced with a Filipino one. I agree with you on that!
on November 16,2012 | 04:16AM
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