Hawaiian to suspend Fukuoka flights

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Hawaiian Airlines will suspend its non-stop daily service to Fukuoka in June, two years after it began serving the Japanese city.

“The strong historical ties between Hawaii and Fukuoka – the ancestral home of many of our residents – made us especially excited to connect our islands with the Island of Kyushu. Unfortunately, despite two years of effort, we have not seen sufficient passenger growth to justify continuing this service,” says Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian will operate its last flight from Honolulu to Fukuoka on 29 June and then the last flight from Fukuoka to Honolulu on 30 June.

The carrier will continue to operate to Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai and Sapporo.

Dunkerley had said in late 2012 that traffic and revenue on the Honolulu-Fukuoka route had ramped up slower than expected, after Delta Air Lines grew capacity on the route following Hawaiian's entry in the market.

Delta operates daily between Honolulu and Fukuoka, schedules in Innovata show.