Hawaiian Airlines is suspending its thrice-weekly service to Taipei, Taiwan in April. The news comes exactly one week after the airlines announced it will suspend flights to Fukuoka, Japan at the end of June.
The airlines announced Wednesday that it will 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. 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 Hawaii among residents of Taiwan for non-stop service to be successful,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO. “At the same time, demand in peak travel days in South Korea has encouraged us to deploy our larger A330 aircraft on that route.”
Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA807 will operate its final flight from Honolulu to Taipei on Sunday, April 6. Return Flight HA808 will operate for the final time on Monday, April 7, from Taipei to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines’ reservations department will be contacting passengers booked to fly after that date to accommodate them on other airlines.
Meanwhile, the Hawaii Tourism Authority says it will continue to invest in the growth of Asia markets. China Airlines continues to provide direct service from Taipei to Honolulu.
“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,” said Mike McCartney, Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO.
Also in April, Hawaiian Airlines will launch thrice-weekly service to Beijing, China, subject to government approval.