After the new flight slot allotments between the US and Tokyo-Haneda were finalized, the Japanese government has allocated the remaining flight slots for foreign carriers.
With the announcement, the airport will see new flight slots for airlines from seven countries including China, Russia, Australia, Finland, India, Italy, and Turkey. The Japanese government also identified the Scandinavian region, with Sweden or Denmark getting that one slot.
A total of 50 slots were made available as part of a deal between the US and Japanese governments to open up the airspace around Haneda. One slot translate to a departure/arrival combination for a total of 100 flights that will be added at Haneda next year. The slots will be available for flights scheduled between 6AM and 10:55PM with flights to/from China getting an exception.
Among the biggest winners will be China with 4 slots, followed by Russia and Australia with 2 apiece. The cities which will be connected with the newly available slots will be decided by the airlines. With the new slots, Haneda will see its first flights to countries such as Turkey, Finland, Russia, India, and Italy.
The remaining slots will be allocated to the US and Japanese carriers and will be open starting March 2020. Japanese carriers All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) were given 25 slots, while 12 was given to US-based airlines United, Delta, American, and Hawaiian Airlines. According to a report from FlightGlobal, both airlines will use the slots for flights to the US, China, Australia, Russia, and India. ANA is looking to start flights from Haneda to Italy, Turkey, and Scandinavia, while JAL is eying flights to Finland.
The new flights will allow travelers more options to travel to Haneda – located 15 kilometers away from the city center – which has become the preferred international airport Tokyo.