Hawaiian Airlines has announced the permanent suspension of its Honolulu to Orlando, Florida route this Autumn.
The final outbound flight will take place on 7 September.
Hawaiian Airlines, the 10th largest commercial airline in the U.S, has made the decision to permanently stop its Honolulu – Orlando service from September this year.
Hawaiian Airlines first introduced its non-stop service to the American city of Orlando in December 2020 alongside new services to Austin, Los Angeles via Ontario International Airport and Texas.
The service departs from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, also known as Honolulu International Airport, in Oahu and lands at Orlando International Airport.
The route started operating in March 2021 and was a bi-weekly service at first.
A spokesperson from Hawaiian Airlines spoke to the online publication Simple Flying about discontinuing the Orlando route:
“We have made the decision to suspend our Orlando service after more than a year of serving the Central Florida market. This is a result of re-aligning our network to better meet strong demand in North America and resurgence of international travel. We are grateful for the support from the greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the residents of Central Florida who warmly welcomed us.”
Following the discontinuation of the Orlando service, we can clearly mark a shift in Hawaiian Airlines’ focus from domestic flights to international flights as the world recovers from the pandemic and the demand for air travel returns to post-pandemic capacity.
On 27 May, the Honolulu-based carrier resumed its service to Tokyo Haneda, which will increase its services to Narita Airport and Osaka’s Kansai Airport.
And after over 800 days, the carrier relaunched its New Zealand connection with a direct service from Honolulu to Auckland. The service was suspended initially due to the pandemic-induced border and travel restrictions.
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