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U.S. Agreement with Japan Finalizes Haneda Flights

February 18, 2016, 5:54 PM HST
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airplane pixabayThe United States Department of State announced on Thursday, a finalized agreement between Japan and the U.S. to increase flights to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

According to the new agreement, five round-trip flights during the day and one round-trip flight at night will operate between the U.S. and Haneda. This includes four existing nighttime flights that will turn into daytime flights.

“Secretary Foxx and Secretary Kerry have worked diligently with their counterparts in Japan to find a way to provide business and leisure travelers more options to conveniently fly between Tokyo and the U.S.,” said Senator Brians Schatz.  “Adding more options into Haneda complements Japan’s desire to expand international flights, supports consumers, and aligns with U.S. tourism goals.”

In the coming months, air carriers will compete for the right to sponsor the two new flights added as part of Thursday’s announcement.

“Increasing the number of flights to Haneda Airport will benefit the American economy, increase consumer choice, and serve to build an even stronger link with our close ally, Japan.” said Senator Mazie Hirono. “This agreement will provide a welcome boost to the visitor industry for Hawai’i and across the country. As part of the continuing engagement to expand options in Haneda, I spoke with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to urge continued negotiations.”

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There is currently one direct flight between Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and Hawai‘i, which flies into Honolulu.

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