After having suspended flights to South Korea in late February, Hawaiian Airlines has now halted flights to Hawaii at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport due to reduced demand for capacity to Asia due to fear of spread. coronavirus.
Hawaiian announced that effective March 28, it will temporarily suspend service three times a week between Kona International Airport at Keāhole and Haneda, as well as four times a week between its home base Honolulu and Haneda. The suspensions will last until at least the end of April. At the same time, the American company has announced that it will launch a daily non-stop flight scheduled between Honolulu and Haneda. The new flight will bring customers to Honolulu early in the morning so that customers can more easily take connecting flights to other islands.
« Japan is a vitally important market for our airline, and we look forward to launching our third non-stop flight between Honolulu and Haneda, which provides more convenient connecting hours for our customers, » said the President and Hawaii CEO Peter Ingram March 6. « Unfortunately, » he adds, « the spread of Covid-19 beyond Asia has reduced demand for short-term travel around the world, so we are balancing some of our capacity in Haneda by suspending for about one month our hybrid service between Haneda and Honolulu and Kona ”. Hawaiian canceled flights between Hawaii and Seoul Incheon International Airport on February 26, with South Korea, has become the second country most affected by the epidemic.
Hawaiian had hoped that its Haneda service would anchor a joint venture with Japan Airlines, which is currently stuck in US paperwork. Hawaiian had predicted that 2020 would be a major year of tourism for Japan with the summer Olympics slated for July in Tokyo.