United Airlines announced that it had filed an application with the Department of Transport (DOWRY) for daily non-stop flights betweenHouston Bush Intercontinental Airport and the airport Haneda from Tokyo.
If approved, United will become the first U.S. airline to provide nonstop service between Houston and Haneda. “This new route will benefit the Houston area’s rapidly growing population, more than 240 Japanese-affiliated businesses, as well as consumers living in communities across the southern United States.”affirms the American major. While Houston only has one flight to Haneda (operated by All Nippon Airways), New York/Newark has five, Los Angeles has seven, Chicago has three, and Washington, DC and Dallas/Fort Worth each have two. This new route will provide greater parity across major markets, while providing necessary seating and travel flexibility for business and leisure travelers, United believes.
“Between its ever-growing population and booming energy and innovation sectors, the Houston area has transformed into a critical hub for business and leisure travel”said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president, global network planning and alliances at United Airlines. “If awarded by the DOT, this new service will improve travel options to Tokyo Haneda for consumers in the southern United States and strengthen the economic partnership between Japan and more than 240 affiliated companies in the greater Houston area . »
“Operating the world’s most comprehensive route network of any U.S. airline,” United has worked diligently to develop a Japanese network to promote competition and provide affordable, consistent service options to U.S. travelers. United’s service to Tokyo (Haneda and Narita) currently covers the airline’s seven U.S. destinations.