The largest commercial passenger airline from Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines has issued a statement lauding the effort of the US government to improve access with Tokyo.
Great move by US government, says Hawaiian
The airline sent out messages of congratulations to the government for working out an agreement with their counterparts in Japan, which would enable greater access for US carriers, to the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Under the new terms, signed off in a meeting in Tokyo, US carriers will be permitted to use Haneda airport for flights in daylight hours. This will also allow two more slot pairs one in the nighttime and one in the day, to connect American cities with Haneda. We are likely to see increased traffic between various cities across the country, and Tokyo in the months to follow, as a result of this development.
What makes Hawaiian Airlines happy about the Japan route
Hawaiian airlines is a major carrier on the route between Honolulu and Japan, and in his statement, the CEO and President of the airline, Mark Dunkerley said that as the premier carrier between Tokyo and Honolulu, the airline was well aware of the value of stronger ties and open skies agreements between the United States and Japan. He said that this agreement would pave the way for more American jobs through better connectivity and relations with Japan, and improved convenience for travelers on this sector.
The Honolulu based airline has daily flights connecting Honolulu International Airport with Japan’s Haneda airport. A daily service between Narita International Airport in Tokyo and Honolulu, is slated for a July launch. Hawaiian currently flies a regular daily non-stop service between 1 gateway cities on mainland USA and Hawaii. In addition, there are a total of about 160 flights operated daily between the various Hawaiian islands. It also connects ten cities in the South Pacific and Asia, with the link to Japan forming a crucial leg for the airline.
The Hawaiian Airline fleet has Boeing 767-300 aircraft and Airbus A330-200 aircraft in operation on these sectors, giving it a unique position in the market as the only carrier to have transpacific flights being run on wide body twin aisle aircrafts.
The airline saw a jump in numbers for January, with a 4.3 percent increase over last year, with 884,000 travelers in the month. Load factor too is on the rise, going up 3 percent to reach 81 percent in January.