How long did it take from having provisional approval to final approval last time DL
got the LAX
slots? If I recall correctly it was a month or two at the very least as well.
Let's not forget that demand for HND
has been less than expected for most airlines. There's not much reason why DL
can't load the SEA
flight into its schedules as airlines regularly put up flights that are still pending approval up for sale.
Next year HND
should open up coveted daytime slots for US Traffic which means DL
could operate to HND
at prime time slots. In all likelihood, DL
is quite happy to have the DOT drag its feet before getting final approval so that they can operate at the current sub-optimal times the least amount of time possible.
What is unclear to me is wether carriers with currently nighttime slots (AA, HA
) will get first dibs on the new daytime slots or if there will be a new contest to determine who gets these daytime slots.