Hawaiian Airlines says its plan for expansion into Asia has taken a major step forward with final approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the carrier’s application to operate nonstop daily service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Honolulu International Airport.

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American Airlines has been awarded final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate daily, year-round, nonstop service between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Haneda International Airport near downtown Tokyo, connecting two of the world’s principal financial centers.

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Delta Air Lines is planning to add non-stop service from Japanese cities to two popular leisure destinations, Honolulu and the Pacific island nation of Palau.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing to award four routes to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport to American Airlines at New York, Delta Air Lines at Los Angeles and Detroit, and Hawaiian Airlines at Honolulu when the airport’s fourth runway becomes operational later this year.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has begun serving Japan with the launch of service to Nagoya and will begin flying to Tokyo in March.

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Continental Airlines is moving its Tokyo operations to the South Wing of Terminal 1 at Narita International Airport on November 1.

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