HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines Wednesday announced plans to suspend its service to Taipei, Taiwan in April and reassign that route's 294-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft to its non-stop service to Seoul, South Korea, which will operate five times per week.
Hawaiian flies to Taipei three times a week.
The new aircraft will be available on all flights to Incheon International Airport from April 23, 2014.
"The increase in travelers we have come to expect, when the U.S. visa waiver was extended to additional countries, has not materialized in Taiwan, and it became evident very quickly that there is insufficient awareness of Hawai'i among residents of Taiwan for non-stop service to be successful. At the same time, demand in peak travel days in South Korea has encouraged us to deploy our larger A330 aircraft on that route," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer.
Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA807 will operate its final flight from Honolulu to Taipei on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Return Flight HA808 will operate for the final time on Monday, April 7, 2014 from Taipei to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines' reservations department will be contacting passengers booked to fly after that date to accommodate them on other airlines.
Hawaiian Airlines announced last Wednesday that it will suspend its daily service to Fukuoka. "Unfortunately, despite two years of effort, we have not seen sufficient passenger growth to justify continuing this service," said Dunkerley.