Hawaiian Airlines will suspend its flights to Taipei next month, less than a year after launching the route.
The Honolulu-based carrier started flying to Taiwan’s capital in July 2013, but will operate its last flight on the route on 6 April 2014. The 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently deployed on the thrice weekly flights to Taipei will instead be assigned to the Honolulu-Seoul route.
“The increase in travellers we have come to expect, when the US visa waiver was extended to additional countries, has not materialised in Taiwan,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president & CEO.
“It became evident very quickly that there is insufficient awareness of Hawaii among residents of Taiwan for non-stop service to be successful. At the same time, demand in peak travel days in South Korea has encouraged us to deploy our larger A330 aircraft on that route,” he added.
The announcement of the Taipei suspension comes just a week after Hawaiian revealed that it will terminate its Honolulu-Fukuoka service this summer. This route has operated for approximately two years.
But the airline will commence another new route next month, launching three weekly direct flights Beijing.