Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken to meet with Transpo Secretary on flights to Japan
February 3, 2016 — 4:20pm
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Mark Dayton and both Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will sit down Thursday night with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to try and intervene with a Department decision to pursue discussions with the Japanese government that could force Delta to cancel its daily flight from Minneapolis to Tokyo.
The offices confirmed the meeting late Wednesday.
A Delta executive warned last week that the carrier may be forced to halt flights because of an agreement between the U.S. and Japan called "Open Skies." The main airport in Tokyo was excluded from the agreement, which may force Delta to stop its non-stop flight, popular with Minnesota's business travelers.
The whole Minnesota delegation (except Republican Rep. John Kline) signed a letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Wednesday asking for a meeting and urging him to intervene and help work out a solution.
"As you know, Minnesota is home to dozens of global businesses that depend on service from MSP to Asian markets," the letter said.
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