Hawaiian grows Sydney services again

Hawaiian grows Sydney services again
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Hawaiian Airlines will ramp up frequencies between Sydney and Honolulu from daily to 10 times weekly in April and May, as the airline reported a healthy outlook in Australia.

The confirmation of the seasonal increase comes just days after the start of its services to Brisbane with the carrier reporting strong demand on both routes.

Chief executive Mark Dunkerley admitted to Travel Today that fuel continues to be an “enormous issue” while consumer confidence in a number of markets is also significantly down.

But overall, he insisted these are “very positive times” for Hawaiian, and was particularly buoyed by the performance of the Australian economy in recent months.

“In many places we fly to there are concerns about the behaviour of consumers,” he said. “But here in Australia, things look remarkably good given the export-led growth of the Australian economy.”

In addition, Dunkerley claimed there has been “no evidence” of lower demand for a Hawaii vacation despite economic uncertainty around the globe.

“It does appear that the holiday, which used to be considered the most discretionary of all household expenditures, is rapidly becoming something that people make sacrifices elsewhere in their lives to make sure that they get,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dunkerley reiterated the carrier’s commitment to deepening its relationship with Virgin Australia, with whom it codeshares on Sydney-Honolulu services and interlines on Australian domestic routes.

“We’ve got a great relationship with Virgin Australia and we hope to be deepening that relationship sooner rather than later,” he said.


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