JAL – Japan Airlines will likely begin its planned Tokyo Haneda – New York JFK direct service next year, the Kyodo News Agency reported.
Anonymous airline sources said the route is being delayed until next year after an existing moratorium on the airline opening new routes is lifted. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) imposed the restriction when JAL was forced to use tax payer money to maintain its operations because of the 2010 bankruptcy filing.
Following an agreement with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) earlier this year, the MLITT awarded JAL two daytime slots at Haneda, in contrast to rival ANA which received three along with a single night-time slot.
JAL will probably convert its existing midnight flights from Haneda to San Francisco and Honolulu to daytime departures.