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Hawaiian Airlines Awarded Haneda-Kona Route

HONOLULU, May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Transportation this morning approved Hawaiian Airlines' application to serve Honolulu and Kona from Haneda airport in Tokyo. The DOT has given Hawai'i's largest and longest serving carrier until Jan. 29, 2017 to start the new service.

In an order issued this morning, the DOT wrote: "Hawaiian, and Hawaiian alone, requested the nighttime slot pair, and the Department finds that prompt approval of Hawaiian's request is consistent with the public interest."

"This is tremendous news for Hawaiian Airlines, for our employees, our customers and for the economies of Kona and our entire state," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO. "Flights between Hawaii and Japan are the most traveled and most beneficial to the U.S. economy, so being able to expand the number that we can offer to Tokyo's Haneda airport is especially important. We have estimated that the Kona portion alone will generate $35 million in visitor spending and $12.5 million in wages and benefits.

"Many thanks go to our...


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