Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed that its five weekly flights between Sydney and Honolulu will resume on December 15, making it the latest international carrier to confirm its return to Australian soil.
It follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement earlier this month that Australia would begin its staggered re-opening of international borders, and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottett’s announcement that fully vaccinated overseas arrivals would no longer be required to undergo any form of quarantine when returning to the state beginning November 1.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9:40 a.m., a Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330 will depart Sydney as HA452 for Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, landing at 10:35 a.m. local time.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, HA451 departs from the Hawaiian island at 11:50 a.m. and arrives in Sydney at 7:45 p.m. the following day.
The airline’s tri-weekly service between Brisbane and Honolulu will remain suspended for the time being.
Due to international travel restrictions, Hawaiian Airlines, which has been flying to Australia since 2004, halted its Australian operations at the start of the epidemic in March 2020.
“We are thrilled to reconnect Hawaiʻi and Australia and have been encouraged by the public’s response to Australia’s national vaccination program, enabling the reopening of borders,” said Andrew Stanbury, regional director for Australia and New Zealand at Hawaiian Airlines.
“Hawaiʻi is a hugely popular holiday destination for Australians, and we know many people have been keenly waiting to visit Hawaiʻi again. We are looking forward to safely welcoming our guests back on board to enjoy the authentic hospitality that we know our guests love and have missed,” he added.
The state of Hawaii has not yet publicized its entry rules for international passengers, but they are expected to line with US government laws, which require all arrivals to present proof of immunization and a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure.
On November 1, domestic passengers from the United States mainland will be welcomed back to the Hawaiian Islands.
The news comes after American Airlines stated that it would resume service between Sydney and Los Angeles on January 6, 2022.
On the 6th of January, a Boeing 787-9 aircraft will depart from Los Angeles International Airport and return to Sydney. On the 6th of January, Sydney’s return flight to Los Angeles will be AA72.
During the epidemic, American maintained a skeletal network to Australia, which it eventually terminated in August 2021 when the Australian government cut its international immigration caps.
The announcement comes as Qantas has substantially accelerated the resumption of flights to a number of overseas locations.
On Friday, the airline said that it will resume flights from Australia to Singapore, Fiji, Johannesburg, Phuket, and Bangkok, as well as launch a brand-new direct route between Sydney and Delhi.
The NSW government’s decision to eliminate all quarantine procedures for double-jabbed Australians has raised the demand for overseas travel, allowing for a speedier ramp-up in international operations than previously expected, according to Qantas.
The airline’s new route from Sydney to Delhi will commence on December 6, 2021, with three scheduled return flights per week on its Airbus A330 aircraft, with capacity projected to increase to daily flights by the end of the year – subject to Indian regulatory permissions.
Flights from Sydney to Delhi will have one stopover in Darwin, with the return flight from Delhi to Sydney being nonstop.
The service will run until at least late March 2022, but if demand warrants, it might become a permanent component of Qantas’ international network.
Meanwhile, Qantas has significantly increased the frequency of flights to a number of overseas destinations.
The airline will start flying Sydney to Singapore on November 23, four weeks ahead of schedule. This service will begin with three flights per week on A330 aircraft, increasing to daily on December 18th.
From the 16th of December, Jetstar will begin flying from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore.
Flights from Sydney to Fiji will also be shifted forward to December 7, 2021, 12 days earlier than previously promised by Qantas. On a Boeing 737, it will begin making four return flights every week.
Jetstar, meanwhile, will restart flights to Fiji on December 17th.
From 5 January 2022, Qantas will operate three return flights per week on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Sydney to Johannesburg, three months ahead of schedule, and five return flights per week on its A330s from 14 January 2022, two months ahead of schedule.
The airline will also return to Phuket on January 12, 2022, more than two months ahead of schedule, with three weekly return flights on its Dreamliner.