Delta Airlines Applies to Suspend Haneda-Detroit Route for New Seattle Service

U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DL) announced on August 19 that it will suspend its daily Haneda-Detroit route on September 30.

Citing reasons including sluggish demand, the carrier applied to the U.S. Department of Transport (DoT) to change its flight schedule. The last flights on the route will be the September 29 departure from Detroit and the September 30 departure from Haneda. Delta's plan is to then switch to a new route between Haneda and Seattle. American carriers are restricted to four international routes serving Haneda due to limited landing slots at the airport. Permission for Delta's Detroit and Los Angeles routes, along with the American Airlines, Inc. (AA) New York route and the Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (HA) Honolulu route, was granted when Haneda Airport internationalized in October 2010. Aviation agencies in Japan and the U.S. will examine whether to grant permission for Delta to switch routes.

The airline also announced changes to the schedule for its Haneda-Los Angeles route. Flights currently depart at night from both airports, but in October departures from Los Angeles will be moved up from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and those from Haneda from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Delta suspended the Haneda-Detroit route in September of last year due to a drop in demand in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, but restored the service on April 27 as the travel market recovered.