Hawaiian Airlines planning China flights in 2014

Published On: Apr 10 2013 02:35:49 PM HST
HONOLULU -

Hawaiian Airlines plans to start non-stop service from Honolulu to China beginning next year and will eliminate service to Manila over the summer.

The airline said Wednesday the flights from Honolulu to Beijing are expected to start on April 16, 2014.  That's if they're approved by regulators in the United States and China.

The new service is expected to run three times a week.

This would be Hawaiian Airlines 10th new international destination since November 2010.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority says the new service is expected to produce $81 million in annual visitor spending and $8.47 million in tax revenue for Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines says it is discontinuing non-stop service to Manila due to underperformance.  Chief Commercial Officer Peter Ingram says high fuel prices and low fares hurt the route.

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