Delta may permanently cancel MSP-Tokyo flight

Sayonara, Tokyo. MPR reports: “Delta Air Lines expressed regret Thursday at news of a new U.S.-Japan air service pact that the airline says will force it to end its daily nonstop flight from the Twin Cities to Tokyo. … The agreement lets U.S. carriers operate daytime flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport but allows only five daytime slots for trans-Pacific flights by U.S. carriers.” Thanks, Obama.

Valeria Silva’s done in St. Paul when her contract ends in 2018. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges spoke with the superintendent: “St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva, who has led Minnesota’s second-largest school district since December 2009, says her current three-year contract will be her last. … In an interview at her office this month, Silva said she looks forward to visiting her native Chile once her contract ends in 2018 and then perhaps working with Latino students in some other capacity.

Six months feels a little low. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “The carcasses of three wolves were found together off a northern Minnesota highway in what conservation officials are treating as a case of poaching, federal authorities said Thursday. … The three were discovered last month just off Hwy. 8 near Floodwood, about 35 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). … The gray wolf is currently listed by the federal government as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act, meaning they cannot be hunted except in defense of human life. A conviction for each violation could result in up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.”

Janitor strike heating up. Also in the Star Tribune, Tim Harlow writes: “Protesters supporting janitors seeking higher pay and more sick time took to the streets Thursday morning, blocking downtown streets at the peak of the morning rush hour, which caused massive traffic jams on I-94 and I-35W. … Marchers took over 12th and 11th Streets and the area of 3rd Avenue to 5th Avenue S., Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder confirmed. At the 5th Avenue exit off I-35W, some protesters played music and carried banners to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, as they choked off all cars from entering downtown.”

In other news…

That takes gumption: “St. Paul man arrested after stealing Metro Transit bus” [MPR]

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Jared Allen announced retirement from NFL with hilarious video” [Yahoo!] 

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Matthew Steele on 02/18/2016 - 03:30 pm.

    False headline

    Meanwhile the MPR headline is “…may doom MSP-Tokyo daily nonstop.” Please fix.

  2. Submitted by Frank Jaskulke on 02/18/2016 - 04:12 pm.

    Delta did not cancel the flights

    Delta said they are assessing but have not announced a cancelation yet. Below is the entire news release from Delta

    “Delta is deeply disappointed with the final agreement reached today between the U.S. and Japanese governments to incrementally open the Tokyo-Haneda airport. Tokyo-Haneda will remain a severely restricted airport with limited competition. Delta is committed to doing our best to maintain the viability of our current Asian route structure and our Tokyo-Narita hub for as long as possible, recognizing that commercial impacts are imminent. Delta will make a careful assessment and adjust our network accordingly.”

  3. Submitted by Tom Nehil on 02/18/2016 - 05:01 pm.

    Headline fixed

    You’re both right, of course — headline has been fixed.

  4. Submitted by Karen Sandness on 02/18/2016 - 05:09 pm.

    I travel to Japan every other year or so

    and I have been back in the Twin Cities since 2003.

    However, I have never taken Delta’s nonstop to Tokyo. Not once.

    Why not?

    It is always THE most expensive way to take one’s self to Japan.

    West Coast airports have much better prices, even counting the cost of the flight to the coast. Due to the large number of Asian immigrants on the West Coast, a lot of Asian airlines fly out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

    On my last trip, I flew Sun Country to Los Angeles, spent the night near the airport, and flew to Tokyo the next day. My return flight was from Seoul through San Francisco, where I picked up another Sun Country flight home. Did I mention that the Sun Country flights were first class?

    I still came in $400 under the price for coach on the Delta nonstop.

    I’m not one to quibble over minor differences in price of $100 or less, especially if the more expensive airline offers a better experience. But if you convert $400 into nights in a hotel and/or restaurant meals at your destination, it’s significant.

    So don’t cry, business travelers. Just fly to the West Coast and take one of those wonderful Asian airlines to your destination.

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