Asiana relaunches route between Seoul Incheon and Honolulu in Hawaii

  • Asiana relaunched services to Honolulu, HI (HNL) on 18 September. The airline now flies from its Seoul Incheon (ICN) hub twice-weekly with 290-seat A330-300 aircraft. Flights operate seasonally until 8 December. Between 1993 and 1998, the airline also operated the route – although from Seoul’s then main airport; Gimpo – however; the route was suspended due to the Korean economic crisis at the time. The South Korean Star Alliance member now faces competition on the route from Korean Air’s 15 flights a week and the four weekly flights on Hawaiian Airlines that were launched in January this year. Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, commented: “Since the visa waiver program in 2008, Hawai’i has seen a tremendous increase in visitors from Korea. In the first five months of 2011 there were 37,615 Korean visitors to our islands, a 12.9 percent increase over the same period last year. With the increasing interest from Korea, it is essential that we have the air access to support that demand. These flights are great news for Hawai’i and our visitor industry and we are hopeful they will become regularly-scheduled flights in the future.”


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