The presidents of IAM Local Lodges 811, 914, 1487, 1759, 1932, 2198 and 2339G, comprising approximately 12,500 IAM members, this week called on the Department of Transportation to approve United’s application to serve Tokyo Haneda Airport from Newark, NJ, Washington Dulles, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Guam.
“I thank Presidents Taylor, Colina, Gula, Licciardi, Hutson, Gaylord and Sugiyama for supporting United’s proposal to add service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “IAM members benefit when IAM-represented carriers grow and become stronger, and IAM members are well-served by these local presidents who are always working to further the interests of IAM members.”
The proposal is part of a competitive route proceeding launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation pending completion of a new aviation accord with Japan later this year. United’s proposed routes to Tokyo Haneda would connect 112 U.S. mainland cities to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and help grow the U.S. economy by connecting five of the six largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. mainland and Guam to the closest airport to downtown Tokyo, an important gateway for connections throughout Japan.
The IAM represents more than 100,000 airline workers and is the largest airline union in North America.