United Airlines Announces Four Tokyo Haneda Routes; Shifts Chicago & Washington D.C. From Narita to Haneda


The DOT released 12 U.S. to Tokyo Haneda slots for U.S. carriers to apply for. These are intended to be in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

United Airlines originally applied for six U.S. to Tokyo Haneda flights, in priority order:

  • Newark (EWR)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Guam (GUM)

However, the DOT awarded United four of the six proposed routes.

United Airlines has officially announced its Tokyo Airport schedules for 2020.

United Airlines will be launching flights from Tokyo Haneda to:

  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Washington D.C. (IAD)

All routes are set to begin on March 28, 2020.

These flights are in addition to United’s existing San Francisco to Tokyo Haneda route.

Additionally, United Airlines has announced its 2020 schedule for Tokyo Narita

United Airlines will be discontinuing two Tokyo Narita routes:

  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Washington D.C. (IAD)

United will be shifting these two to Tokyo Haneda.

Tokyo’s Narita International airport will continue to be a hub for United with nonstop daily service between Narita and Denver, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco.

  • Note that United’s Joint Venture partner All Nippon Airways will continue to serve Tokyo Narita to Chicago and Washington D.C.


  • This confirms United will remain dedicated to serving Tokyo Narita through its other hubs.
  • Additionally, United will receive connection feed from its partner ANA through both Tokyo Narita and Haneda.

Finally, we will be waiting on American Airlines’ 2020 Tokyo Schedule. They were awarded slots from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo Haneda. There has been speculation of them possibly shifting a current Narita flight from DFW/LAX to Haneda.

There’s also Hawaiian Airlines, which was awarded a Honolulu to Haneda slot… they’ll probably add that on as an additional flight.


Delta, then United. So Narita is probably going to end up being a mainly domestic airport.

Despite these shifts in airports, Narita’s future will still have many more international flights. With United and Delta leaving a few flights from Narita, new slots will open up over there for other airlines to take.

There won’t be any more international expansion after this(including the Japanese Airlines allocations) at Haneda unless new slots open up.

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You forgot about the San Francisco route in your report, but it’s in the image?

“These flights are in addition to United’s existing San Francisco to Haneda flight.”

Not when it was made for international flights…

Narita is probably going to be low-demand international routes or low cost carriers


RIP the United IAD-NRT route. It was a nice flight.

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I still can’t believe United only had service to HND from SFO 😡 before this change.

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Well San Francisco is an amazing airport 🤷🏻‍♂️ (@anon57683537)

Now, United will have flights to both major airports in Tokyo from San Francisco!


There’s a size thing too.

A size thing at what

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