HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Travelers stranded for days in Honolulu and Tahiti will soon be on their way. That's how many Hawaiian Airlines passengers have been stuck since a general strike shut down the airport in Papeete last week.
The strike is over and Hawaiian is rescheduling the trips it canceled. Tuesday afternoon flight 1481 will leave Honolulu for Papeete. It will turn around two hours after landing on Tahiti, arriving back on Oahu early Wednesday morning.
The airline was forced to cancel its weekly flight to Tahiti, because firefighters in Papeete were on strike. Per federal regulations, planes aren't allowed to land if firefighters aren't on the clock.
Last Friday's 5:00 PM flight was called off as well as the return flight scheduled for Saturday, June 12. Hawaiian flies between Honolulu and Papeete once a week, going from Oahu to Tahiti on Friday and making the return trip on Saturday.
The cancellation left 160 Tahiti-bound passengers grounded in Honolulu and 186 on Tahiti were grounded. The flights are the only direct passenger service between French Polynesia and the Hawaiian Islands.