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With a focus on Haneda, Delta has no plan to return to Narita

  • October 3, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 15
  • JMH Translation

On Oct. 2, Delta Air Lines Executive Vice President Steve Sear noted that the airline has ‘thus far no plan to return to Narita.” The airline has already announced its termination of Japan-U.S. flight services from Narita Airport. With Delta ending its U.S.-bound services from Narita at the end of March 2020, Sear also indicated that the firm will shift the focus of its investment to the construction of lounges at the international terminal in Haneda Airport, which it will move U.S.-bound services to.


He answered questions at a press conference held in Tokyo. While plans are underway to expand Narita by building a third runway, Sear noted that “we hear from customers Haneda is more convenient due to its proximity to downtown Tokyo” and stressed that the firm has no plan to return services to Narita.


Delta will leave some operations, such as the maintenance of aircraft outsourced by other airlines and customer management, at Narita. But it will end its 40-year-long passenger flight services at Narita. That period includes the time when services were offered by Northwest Airlines. (Abridged)

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