Hawaiian Airlines has announced the suspension of its Honolulu-Orlando route in less than two months from now. The final outbound flight will be operated on September 7th, followed by the return leg the next day.
When asked about the reason for dropping the HNL-MCO route from its schedule, a spokesperson from the airline told Simple Flying,
“We have made the decision to suspend our Orlando service after more than a year of serving the Central Florida market. This is a result of re-aligning our network to better meet strong demand in North America and resurgence of international travel. We are grateful. for the support from the greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the residents of Central Florida who warmly welcomed us. ”
In addition, the airline also stated that passengers booked on flights beyond September 8th would get a full refund.
As reported by Simple Flying, Hawaiian first announced the HNL-MCO nonstop route in December 2020. The news came with another new route announcement to Austin, Texas, and Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Los Angeles. These new route announcements came as Hawaiian During the time, international travel was highly restricted, so Hawaiian probably wanted to make the most of its spare capacity by shifting its focus. Was just starting to recover from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that wreaked havoc on the global aviation industry. to the domestic market.
Hawaiian will operate the final inbound flight on September 8th. Photo: Lukas Souza | Simple Flying
Flights between Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and Orlando International Airport in Florida began in March 2021. Hawaiian used its Airbus A330 aircraft for the bi-weekly (initially) service. The airline has orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but the A330 is the only widebody in the carrier’s fleet for now.
Hawaiian’s future plans
Now that most countries have lifted the bulk of COVID-related flight restrictions, Hawaiian will be looking to shift its focus back to international destinations. Around a week ago, the carrier recently resumed flights to New Zealand after a two-year hiatus. Next on the radar is Japan, a major international market for Hawaiian where the airline is gradually increasing connectivity.
Hawaiian has restored most of its international destinations. Photo: Hawaiian Airlines
A little over a year ago, when Hawaiian still wasn’t flying to many international markets, Simple Flying had the opportunity to chat with its CEO Peter Ingram. When asked if the domestic expansion would leave enough capacity for the airline to resume all its international routes, Mr Ingram said,
“We do have a little bit more capacity in North America this summer than we did before the pandemic, but it is more on the margin than a sort of seismic shift of activity, based on aircrafts that were flying international. So I think we will largely be able to restore our international flying as demand opportunities improve, and to the extent we are having to choose where to put scarce aircraft capacity, that’s a high-class problem relative to some of the things we’ve been working on for the last 13 months. “
Global aviation has changed in more ways than one since then, and Hawaiian has restarted flights to almost all of its international destinations.