Hawaiian Airlines objects to the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) tentative award of an available Tokyo Haneda frequency to United Airlines.
The Honolulu-based carrier claims the regulator “moved the goal posts” by awarding the frequency to United based on mainline carrier’s proposed flight benefitting more US-based travellers, in a filing on 10 March.
The DOT only specified that routes “maximise public benefits” with no mention of country of origin in its original evaluation criteria, says Hawaiian.
Hawaiian maintains that its proposed daily flight between Kona International airport and Tokyo Haneda would generate “the most” traffic with the frequency, in its objection.
United plans to use the frequency for a new daily flight between San Francisco International airport and Tokyo Haneda on a Boeing 777-200, if the tentative award is finalised.
The DOT cited the addition of a new US carrier at Haneda, enhanced competition between San Francisco and Tokyo, enhanced competition between gateways on the US west coast and increased benefits to the travelling public in its tentative decision earlier in March.
Delta Air Lines uses two and Hawaiian one of the three other frequencies at Haneda airport that are available to US carriers.