Hawaiian Airlines gives annual airport, airline update

2016 Hawaii’s Annual Airport and Airline Update

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines Haneda-Kona service will open up Hawai'i's largest unserved international market and bring lots of economic benefits to the Big Island community.  One of those benefits is job creation. Hawaiian Airlines anticipates adding 23 positions associated with the new three-times weekly Haneda-Kona service. Anyone interested can apply on their website at HawaiianAirlines.com/careers. The job postings will be up at least through this Friday (Aug. 12) and interviews are expected to begin at the end of the month.  These positions will be primarily in airport customer service and flight operations at Kona. The specific qualifications are listed online. For customer service, proficiency in other languages is always a plus.

Hawaiian's new Haneda-Kona service debuts Dec. 20th, when the inaugural flight will depart Kona. The schedule will include three times a week Haneda-Kona service (Tues, Thurs, Sat), and four times a week Haneda-Honolulu service (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun).

One of the main reasons Hawaiian decided to launch this new route was in response to demand by travelers. Kona has had no international flights since Japan Airlines stopped flying there in 2010. Tokyo-Kona is the second largest U.S.-Japan market without nonstop service. The Big Island is the top neighbor island destination among Japanese visitors to Hawai'i.

Just about two weeks ago, on July 23, Hawaiian welcomed to Hawai'i its first flight from Tokyo Narita. With new daily service between Honolulu and Narita, Hawaiian now provides two daily flight options between the greater Tokyo region and Honolulu – the other flight being our service to/from Haneda, which is about 50 miles from Narita.

While Narita and Haneda both serve the Tokyo region, these are not duplicate routes.  Each will bring additional visitor to the state – and serve an unsatisfied demand for a Hawaiian vacation. They will serve different communities within Tokyo, and again, offer more convenience for guests.

Hawaiian received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to shift current daily flights between Honolulu and Tokyo, Haneda to a coveted daytime schedule.  The new flights will begin on October 29.

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