Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking authority to operate two nonstop routes between Haneda International Airport (HND) in Tokyo and the state of Hawai´i.
The application filed in Washington, DC, seeks confirmation that Hawaiian will continue to operate its successful existing Honolulu-Haneda service during the daytime hours. It also seeks additional authority to operate a second daily route from Haneda serving Honolulu four days each week and Kona International Airport (KOA) on Hawai´i Island three days each week.
Hawaiian´s request follows a proceeding established as a result of the February agreement between the US Government and the Government of Japan which increases the number daily flights for US airlines to operate between Haneda and the United States from four to six.
Hawaiian Airlines´ application notes that Hawaiian has flown more passengers out of Haneda than any other US carriers. Its service to Honolulu has added USD941 million to the US GDP, generated USD564 million in direct spending and led to the creation of 2,337 new jobs.
Hawaiian asserts in its application that a second daily flight serving both Honolulu and Kona will create additional public benefits and satisfy a market that has pent-up demand for nonstop service.
Kona is the third-largest airport without nonstop service to Tokyo, with more point-of-sale Japanese passengers than 11 other US destinations which already enjoy nonstop service from Japan´s most populous city. Hawaiian has requested a daytime slot for the Honolulu/Kona service, but has asked for consideration of a night-time slot as a second choice.
HawaiianÂ® has led all US carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 12 years (2004-2015) as reported by the US Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by CondÃ© Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai´i.
Now in its 87th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai´i´s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the US Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai´i from more US gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).