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DOT confirms Hawaiian Airlines route to Haneda airport

WASHINGTON >> The Transportation Department confirmed that Hawaiian, Delta Air Lines and American will get four new routes to Haneda airport in Tokyo.

The airport has been off-limits to U.S. airlines since 1978. Currently, U.S. airlines fly to Narita airport, which is farther from the center of Tokyo and less attractive for business travelers.

The decision gives Hawaiian Airlines one route from Honolulu. Delta gets two routes — one from Los Angeles, the other from Detroit. American Airlines can add service from JFK Airport in New York.

The Transportation Department rejected applications from United Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Continental’s Micronesia unit.

The decision today finalizes a tentative decision issued in May.

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