Hawaiian Airlines has announced a new daily nonstop service from Honolulu to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, which will begin next July.
It becomes Hawaiian’s fourth Japan route after Tokyo Haneda, Osaka and Sapporo and the airline’s eleventh international service overall.
“Japan is Hawaii’s largest international market with arrivals from the market making up 18% of total arrivals to the state in 2014,” said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority,
“Hawaiian Airlines’ daily flight from Narita to Honolulu is projected to contribute an annual $130 million in visitor spending and $14.7 million in state tax revenue.”
Hawaiian entered the Tokyo market in 2010 with nonstop flights to Haneda and added Osaka to its route network a year later.
“We’ve had the pleasure of carrying more than 800,000 visitors between Haneda and Honolulu since the launch of our daily A330 service more than five years ago,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s chief executive officer.
“With average load factors routinely exceeding 90 percent, it is clear Japanese travelers have chosen Hawaiian as their carrier of choice. We are excited to offer even more options for service between Honolulu and the Greater Tokyo region. “
The HTA said overall tourist arrivals were up in October by nearly 5% to more than 690,000 although average spend per arrival declined slightly.