Route News Of The Week: 21/09 - 28/09

After a week full of interesting and quite fascinating news around the world, we bring to you an overview of the most relevant route-related news of the past week.

Photo by AeroNewsX/David Zhang.

American Airlines Increases Tokyo Haneda Flights

This week, following approval from the DOT, American Airlines has announced two additional flights to Tokyo Haneda from the US, more specifically, from Dallas and Los Angeles. These routes are part of an expansion plan that the airline has made to add more routes between its American hubs and the Japanese city. Tickets will be on sale on the 30th of September, and the flight details are as follow:

  • Dallas to Tokyo Haneda departing 12:35PM arriving 3:55PM (+1 day)

  • Tokyo Haneda to Dallas departing 6:15PM arriving 4:25PM

  • Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda departing 12:40AM arriving 4:45AM (+1 day)

  • Tokyo Haneda to Los Angeles departing 11:55AM arriving 6:30AM

It is important to mention that given the newly incorporated routes to Tokyo Haneda, flights operated by American Airlines to the city's other airport, Tokyo Narita will be affected, with services from Dallas, LA, and Chicago to Narita being canceled.

Southwest's Hawaiian Trips

On news surrounding another US-based carrier, Southwest Airlines announced a plan to boost its Hawaii services by introducing daily nonstop flights from California to Kauai and the Big Island as well as Sacramento to Honolulu. However, the carrier has decided to launch these new routes in November of this year rather than following its original plan which suggested launching them in January 2020. In addition to this, the carrier has also announced a new service to Cozumel, Mexico, as well as seasonal services to the Caribbean from Baltimore.

Photo by AeroNewsX/Roppe Nikkinen.

The Norwegian World Tour

On the other side of the pond, Norwegian Airlines has announced its intentions to operate quite a unique route which connects the northernmost part of the globe to its southernmost counterpart - from Ushuaia, Argentina to Svalbard, Norway. The entire journey will cover around 15,700km and it will take approximately 25 hours in four different planes. Having stops in Buenos Aires and London this route will be operated by a combination of both 737s and 787s.

Xiamen Airlines To Close Seattle - Shenzhen Route

On the other side of the world, Xiamen Airlines, a Chinese operator, which had launched a service between Seattle and Shenzhen three years ago, has decided to stop operating this route. The airline flew its final trip last Wednesday. Such measures are the result of three other Asian airlines launching flights to Seattle this year, from other points in the continent.

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