Hawaiian Airlines filed on Monday an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin daily, non-stop service this summer between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Kona International Airport.
The airline’s action was prompted by the DOT’s decision last month to review the public interest served by Delta Air Lines’ Seattle-Tokyo route after Delta reduced its frequency from daily to seasonal.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates that the proposed daily service will generate 531,721 visitor days and $146 million in visitor expenditures.
Hawaiian Airlines’ application calculates that service directly to Kona will attract 39,000 additional visitors and result in 1,151 new jobs and $65 million in new direct spending.
The application has the support of Governor David Ige and Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi.
If approved, this would be Hawaiian Airlines’ fifth Japan route and third daily non-stop flight between Japan and Hawaii, joining daily service to Honolulu from Tokyo and Osaka and thrice-weekly service between Honolulu, Sendai and Sapporo. The airlines anticipates it will begin service on or about June 1, 2015, utilizing its fleet of 20 294-seat A330-200 aircraft. The departure and arrival times will vary depending on time