Hawaiian Airlines plans to cut 40% of its flights in April, including international routes and those to the continental USA, as the carrier prepares for a prolonged lack of demand and additional government travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The carrier on 18 March announced it will halt nonstop service between Honolulu and Tahiti due to new arrival restrictions by the French Polynesian government. The last flight from Honolulu to Tahiti will be on 21 March, but the carrier is scheduling service to resume in May.
Australia and New Zealand have also imposed travel restrictions, so Hawaiian has already suspended service between Honolulu and Auckland through May, while service from Honolulu to Sydney and Brisbane is suspended through April.
Hawaiian is also making additional cuts to its Japan network. The carrier will operate six weekly nonstop flights between Honolulu and Osaka’s Kansai airport from 6 April 6-28, scaling back from daily service. It will also scale back from four to three weekly nonstop flights between Honolulu and Fukuoka between 5 April and 1 June.
Frequencies of flights within the USA will be limited but the carrier will maintain service with the mainland. As of 1 April, nonstop service will be suspended between Maui and Las Vegas, but Hawaiian will continue daily nonstop flights to the Nevada city from Honolulu. During April the carrier will operate only one daily nonstop flight between Honolulu and the cities of Seattle and San Francisco.
Hawaiian plans to reduce frequencies between neighbouring islands where demand is lowest, while connecting the islands with 100 daily flights during April. This includes suspending daily nonstop flights between Kona and Lihue after 31 March.