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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines Request for Kona to Tokyo Route

Hawaiian Airlines is once again requesting the U.S. Department of Transportation for an additional route to Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan.  The route had previously been granted to Delta Air Lines, but Delta announced in 2014 that they will be changing their Haneda-Seattle route from daily to seasonal.  Hawaiian Airlines stated that if they are granted this opportunity, they would begin service on or about June 1, 2015 and will use a 294-seat A330-200 aircraft.  Mark Dunkerley, the president and CEO for Hawaiian, commented, "Kona continues to be a top destination for Japanese travelers, and we are more certain than ever that direct service to West Hawaii is the highest and best use for the scarce Haneda slots that are at stake here. This route would provide unmatched public benefit by improving U.S. exports, boosting spending and economic growth within the United States, and increasing U.S. jobs."

Delta Airlines has applied to retain its Seattle route, and American Airlines has also filed to create a route from Handea to Los Angeles.  There are only four routes to Haneda granted to U.S. airlines.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser, 1-6-2015,
Posted by Jeff Uyemura-Reyes, Principal Broker, REALTOR®
Global Executive Realty, LLC