Why U.S. Airlines Can’t Find Profits at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport
The timing rules at Haneda Airport — as well as the lack of public transportation in and out of the airport at those times — are making it difficult for U.S. airlines to compete and provide service despite all the allures of service to Tokyo.
Excerpt from Conde Nast Traveler
Tokyo’s Haneda Airport seems like the most desirable way to serve Tokyo—it is only 15 miles outside the city, as opposed to Naria’s 50. But U.S. airlines have struggled mightily to make service work with multiple routes failing. What’s going on?
The limited number of flights that were permitted were only allowed at off hours—flights must arrive and depart Haneda only between the overnight hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., which means they have to leave the States in the evening (and which lands them in Japan sometime around 10 or 11 at night). Then the airplanes turn around at midnight to go home to the U.S.