Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday plans to suspend its three-times-a-week service to Taipei, Taiwan in April and reassign that route's 294-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft to its non-stop service to Seoul, South Korea, which will operate five times per week.
This comes on the heels of Hawaiian announcing it will be suspending its flights to Fukuoka, Japan this summer.
The new aircraft will be available on all flights to Incheon International Airport from April 23.
"The increase in travelers we have come to expect, when the U.S. visa waiver was extended to additional countries, has not materialized in Taiwan, and it became evident very quickly that there is insufficient awareness of Hawai'i among residents of Taiwan for non-stop service to be successful. At the same time, demand in peak travel days in South Korea has encouraged us to deploy our larger A330 aircraft on that route," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer.
Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney said, "The HTA will continue to invest in the growth of Asia markets. We are optimistic that international growth, not only in Asia but from other emerging markets, will have a long- term positive impact on Hawaii's tourism economy."
McCartney added, "While we understand that there has not been sufficient demand from Taipei to sustain a profitable route for Hawaiian Air, the HTA will continue to work with our marketing partners to stimulate and cultivate travel demand from this market. China Airlines continues to provide direct service from Taipei to Honolulu."
Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA807 will operate its final flight from Honolulu to Taipei on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Return Flight HA808 will operate for the final time on Monday, April 7, 2014 from Taipei to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines' reservations department will be contacting passengers booked to fly after that date to accommodate them on other airlines.
Also in April, Hawaiian Airlines will launch three-times-a-week service to Beijing, China, subject to government approval, its 10th international gateway launched since November 2010. The airline has also scheduled new non-stop summer service from Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. to Kona on the Big Island and Lihue, Kauai.