Hawaiian Airlines Makes First Flight To Manila

Eddie Flores
Eddie Flores
Mark Dunkerley
Mark Dunkerley

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The city of Manila in the Philippines is considered the gateway to Asia, and now Hawaiian Airlines is offering nonstop service.

It's the airline's first route to Asia in the Hawaiian's 79-year history. Over 100 VIP's and passengers prepare to take off for the Philippines.

Eddie Flores is the owner of L&L Drive In.

"They have good food, good hotel, good restaurants and it's a fun place to visit. So if you haven't been there, I would highly recommend you," he said.

Hawaiian Airlines launches service of four weekly nonstop flights to Manila, which doubles the current capacity on the route.

"Not to be forgotten in all of this is the business community. We think theres going to be a growing economic relationship between the state of Hawaii and the Philippines," said Mark Dunkerley, the President of Hawaiian Airlines.

"It is my hope that this new activity here will bring forth a plethora of good will and certainly visitation amongst our countries and busines," said Richard Gordon, a Senator in the Philippines.

Passengers and VIP's watch traditional Filipino dancers and snack on refreshments before boarding. After a blessing and prayer, happy travelers board the boeing 767.

"I'm excited to be on this flight as is I think everybody else, I think you can feel the excitement out here today," said Dunkerley

"I think the flight could be 9 to 10 but coming back it's going to be minus one to two hours so it's not that bad, you sleep you are there already," said Flores.

This is only the first of many flights to Asia on Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian is offering a special roundtrip fare between Honolulu and Manila from now until the end of May for just $499.