If approved, United will become the first United States carrier to fly non-stop service between Houston and Haneda.
United Airlines Senior Vice President, Global Network Planning and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, said the flights will connect 64 communities across the Southern U.S. to Haneda and represent roughly 575,000 annual Tokyo bookings or 21% of all U.S. mainland to Tokyo demand.
He said while Houston has only one flight to Haneda (operated by a foreign carrier), New York/Newark has five, Los Angeles has seven, Chicago has three, and Washington, D.C. and Dallas/Fort Worth each have two.
“This new route will deliver more parity among major markets, while providing needed seats and travel flexibility to business and leisure travellers alike,” he said.
“Between its steadily growing population and its booming energy and innovation sectors, the Houston area has transformed into a critical hub for both business and leisure travel.
“If awarded by the DOT, this new service will enhance travel options to Tokyo Haneda for consumers across the Southern United States and strengthen the economic partnership between Japan and more than 240 affiliated businesses in the greater Houston area.”
United is the largest airline in Houston, with more than 400 daily departures, including over 70 international daily departures.