LONDON – Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will restart three-times-weekly service between Honolulu (HNL) and Fukuoka (FUK) beginning April 28.
“We’re delighted to be returning to Fukuoka as we lead the way in reconnecting travel between Hawaiʻi and Japan,” said Theo Panagiotoulias, senior vice president of global sales and alliances for Hawaiian Airlines.
“We look forward to welcoming travelers from Fukuoka to the Hawaiian Islands and making it easy for U.S. residents to enjoy Kyushu’s famous food scene and rich culture. We remain steadfast in our commitment to Japan and want to thank our guests for choosing to fly with us.”
Hawaiian offers daily service between HNL and Tokyo’s Haneda (HND) and Narita Airports (NRT) and Osaka’s Kansai Airport (KIX).
It will now operate flight HA827 from HNL to FUK on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 1:35 p.m., arriving into FUK at 6:40 p.m. the following day.
The return flight, HA828, will depart at 8:40 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays and arrive at HNL at 9:55 a.m. the same day. Japan reintroduced visa-free entry for foreign arrivals last year, but visitors should be aware of government requirements for entry into the country .
Hawaiian, Hawai’i’s largest and longest-serving airline, inaugurated FUK service in November 2019 before suspending the route in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hawaiian will continue to operate its Japan routes with its 278-seat, spacious wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft, which feature 18 Premium Cabin lie-flat leather seats, 68 of its popular Extra Comfort seats, and 192 Main Cabin seats.
Hawaiian Airlines highlights
Hawaiianhas led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 18 years (2004-2021) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi.
In 2022, the carrier topped Travel + Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best list as the No. 1 U.S. airline and was named Hawaiʻi’s best employer by Forbes.
Now in its 94th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi’s biggest and longest-serving airline.
The airline offers approximately 130 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 15 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti.
According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Japan is a key market sector and has long been Hawaii’s largest source of international tourism.
With the global pandemic typically curbing travel movements substantially, the relaxation of travel and entry requirements will come as a significant boost to the Hawaiian economy.