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Hawaiian Airlines makes strategic decisions for 2021 with new non-stop routes

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Updated: Dec. 9, 2020 at 4:47 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hoping business is better next spring, Hawaiian Airlines plans to serve three new destinations across the U.S. mainland.

On March 11, the airline will begin twice-weekly service between Honolulu and Orlando, Florida.

Orlando is a 2.5 million person metro area and its airport is 13th busiest in the United States. Its Disney and Universal theme parks are major tourist draws in normal times, and Orlando has the nation’s second largest convention center.

Hawaiian already flies to two other destinations on the East Coast: Boston and New York City.

Less than a week later, Hawaiian will begin five-times-weekly service to Ontario, California, a Los Angeles-area city that sits further inland from the existing flights ― LAX and Long Beach ― that Hawaiian already offers.

Long Beach Airport is an alternative to LAX for people living in Orange County. It’s also a busy cargo airport for UPS and FedEx. United does not fly there but American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines do. Hawaiian resumes its suspended Honolulu service next week and launches Long Beach-Kahului on March 9.

Ontario International is the nation’s 15th busiest airport for cargo and the West Coast hub for UPS. Hawaiian was profitably flying from Ontario to Honolulu when it pulled the aircraft to launch the more lucrative Honolulu-Sydney corridor. Hawaiian’s codeshare partner JetBlue flies from JFK to Ontario.

And in late April, the airline will begin twice-weekly service to Austin, Texas.

Austin is a 2.1 million metro and fourth largest city in Texas. Austin calls itself Silicon Hills for its tech employers, led by Dell Computer, and the city is also known for spring music festivals.

Hawaiian Airlines says tickets to the new destinations are now on sale.

News of the route expansion comes in the midst of what’s been a difficult time for Hawaiian and most other airlines. In October, the company reported a third quarter loss of nearly $100 million.

Compared to 2019, that amounted to a nearly 90% drop in revenue.

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