Asiana Airlines launching flights to Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced Wednesday that Asiana Airlines will launch flight service between Incheon, South Korea and Honolulu in September.

According to the HTA, the charter flights will run twice a week from Sept. 18 to Dec. 8 with 269 seats.

HTA president and CEO Mike McCartney says there's been a tremendous increase in visitors from Korea since the visa waiver program began in 2008.

The HTA projects about 127,750 visitors from Korea this year. The new flight is estimated to provide $5.76 million in visitor expenditures.

According to McCartney, more than 37,000 Korean visitors traveled to Hawaii in the first five months of 2011 -- a 12.9 percent increase over the same period last year.

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