Hawaiian Airlines halts nonstop flight to Taiwan


HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines is suspending its nonstop service to Taiwan, saying the increase in demand it anticipated after a change to U.S. visa rules hasn’t materialized.

The airline said Wednesday the last flight from Honolulu to Taipei will take off April 6. The final return flight will depart Taipei the following day.

Hawaiian’s news comes just weeks after it said it would end its nonstop service between Honolulu and Fukuoka, Japan.

Hawaiian CEO Mark Dunkerley said the airline expected more demand after the addition of Taiwan to a list of countries whose citizens may travel to the U.S. for 90 days without a visa.

But Dunkerley said there’s insufficient awareness of Hawaii in Taiwan for a successful nonstop service.

 

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