American applies for Haneda authority, will resume PAP on February 19

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) yesterday (February 16) filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to acquire two daily slot pairs to operate year-round scheduled service to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda (HND), starting October 1, 2010.  American proposes to fly to Haneda from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the two largest markets between the U.S. mainland and Tokyo.

In other news, American Airlines will resume service into Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP), beginning Friday, February 19. The first flight will depart from American’s hub at Miami International Airport at 6:40 a.m. EST (0640), arriving at Port-au-Prince at 8:35 a.m. EST (0835). This flight marks the first commercial passenger aircraft into Haiti since the earthquake that devastated the country on January 12.

American will offer three daily nonstop flights – two from Miami International Airport and one from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. In addition, American will offer one flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport four times per week. American will operate flights into Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport with its Boeing 737-800 and 767-300 aircraft.

Starting March 12, American Eagle (Executive Airlines) will begin new service into Haiti from its San Juan, Puerto Rico, hub. The airline will offer a daily nonstop flight as well as two flights through two cities in the Dominican Republic –Santo Domingo and Santiago. American Eagle will operate its ATR 72 aircraft on flights into Haiti.