WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2016 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the U.S. government’s efforts to secure a new agreement with Japan resulting in greater access for U.S. airlines and their customers to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport.
U.S. airlines and their passengers will for the first time benefit from five daytime flights to Haneda and one additional nighttime flight. Today’s announcement builds on the 2010 U.S.-Japan Open Skies agreement.
“U.S airlines connect the world like no other industry can, and the U.S. government’s efforts to strengthen our agreement with Japan reflects the critical role aviation plays as a driver of jobs and economic growth in the U.S. and throughout the world,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We applaud the Administration for their long-standing commitment to further liberalize our skies, bolster travel and tourism and enable open and fair competition in the global marketplace.”
A4A noted that the agreement is fully consistent with decades of U.S. international aviation policy and commended U.S. government negotiators for securing additional daytime and nighttime operations to Haneda Airport for U.S. carriers and their customers.
“Japan is one of the most important global markets for U.S. carriers,” said Calio. “Enabling all U.S. carriers to compete for access at Haneda – one of the world’s largest and busiest airports – helps to improve international relations with our Japanese partners, while yielding immense benefits for the traveling and shipping public.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.