Tokyo Haneda Coveted Slots Battle – Redux (Updated)

 Tokyo Haneda International Airport

(Initially posted on January 16, 2015 with updates on February 10, 2015). Following the end of the series on the Tokyo Haneda’s coveted slots (refer to link for the first part of the series).

After reviewing all the information presented by American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL) and Hawaiian Airlines (HA), the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on January 15, 2015 that it will begin the examination process to determine if DL’s current slot from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND) would be retained or transferred.

DOT reasserted its statement from December 2014, it “has determined that, in light of Delta’s extensive winter-season cutbacks, and the submissions filed on the record in this case, the public interest requires a fresh examination of whether the best use of the Seattle-Haneda opportunity is to allow Delta to retain its underlying authority to operate the slot pair for Seattle-Haneda service, or whether the public interest would be better served by reallocating the slot pair for service from another U.S. city by another U.S. carrier or by Delta.”

Further, “Delta has presented no information that would lead the Department to alter that conclusion. The Department has instituted this proceeding under its general powers to review the public interest bases of current awards,” DOT concluded.

The procedures set up by the department “will provide Delta, as well as any other interested carriers, ample opportunity to argue its position and present any evidence it may wish to present,” DOT said in Thursday’s decision.

Experience The Skies will continue coverage and will report updates.

Update – February 10, 2015

The Department of Transportation is tentatively scheduled to announce their decision on who to award the Haneda slot in March 2015.

Following this link for the US Department of Transportation’s decision to the slot allocation. Would do you think will be the winner?