Japan Assigns 50 New International Daytime Slots at Tokyo Haneda

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner taxiing in Seattle. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Japanese authorities have allocated 50 new daytime slot pairs at Tokyo Haneda Airport to nine countries for the 2020 IATA Summer season which begins on March 29, 2020.

The pairs have been equally distributed between Japanese carriers (25 pairs) and foreign carriers (25 pairs) for services to the United States, China, Russia, Australia, India, Italy, Turkey, Finland and Scandinavia (which comprises Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

This is the allocation given to Japanese carriers:

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has obtained six pairs for the United States, two pairs for China, one pair for Russia, one pair for Australia, 0.5 pairs for India, one pair for Italy, one pair for Turkey, and one pair for Scandinavia.

Japan Airlines has obtained six pairs for the United States, two pairs for China, one pair for Russia, one pair for Australia, 0.5 pairs for India, and one pair for Finland.

For Russia, India, Italy, Turkey, Finland and one of the Scandinavian countries this expansion will see the launch of the first-ever flight connecting these countries to Tokyo Haneda Airport, the most popular of Japan’s capital airports, just in time for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Haneda Airport was opened in 1931 and is located only 14 kilometers (nine miles) from Tokyo Station, much closer than Narita Airport, opened in 1978 to handle most international flights leaving only domestic flights at Haneda, which is located over 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the center of Tokyo.

Between 1978 and 2010 Haneda only handled domestic traffic and some charter flights; in 2010 a new international terminal was opened at Haneda, in conjunction with a fourth runway, to allow for a few international services during night-time hours. Only in March 2014, Haneda was opened for international flights during the day, and since then all carriers have been eager to launch services to the better-located airport in Tokyo.

Earlier in the summer, the U.S. Department of Transport assigned the 12 pairs of slots allocated to American carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines.

Vanni Gibertini

Vanni fell in love with commercial aviation during his undergraduate studies in Statistics at the University of Bologna, when he prepared his thesis on the effects of deregulation on the U.S. and European aviation markets. Then he pursued his passion further by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University in the U.K. followed by holding several management positions at various start-up carriers in Europe (Jet2, SkyEurope, Silverjet). After moving to Canada, he was Business Development Manager for IATA for nine years before turning to his other passion: sports writing.
Vanni Gibertini