Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed it will reintroduce its five services per week between Sydney and Honolulu from 15 December, becoming the latest international carrier to announce its return to Australian shores.
It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced earlier this month that Australia would begin its staggered reopening of international borders, and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottett revealed that fully vaccinated overseas arrivals would no longer be required to perform any form of quarantine when returning to the state from 1 November.
Beginning 15 December, a Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330 will depart Sydney as HA452 every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:40am, bound for Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, landing at 10:35am local time.
Return services from the Hawaiian island operate as HA451 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, departing at 11:50am and touching down in Sydney at 7:45pm the following day.
Currently, the airline will continue the suspension of its tri-weekly service connecting Brisbane and Honolulu.
Hawaiian Airlines, which has been flying to Australia since 2004, suspended all Australian operations at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, in light of international travel restrictions.
“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.
Entry requirements for overseas passengers into Hawaii have not yet been announced, however the state is expected to align its requirements with US government regulations, which require all arrivals to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure.
The Hawaiian Islands will also welcome back domestic passengers from the US mainland on 1 November.
The news comes after American Airlines announced it would reinstate its Sydney-Los Angeles route from 6 January 2022.
Flight AA73 departing from Los Angeles International Airport will return to Sydney on 6 January, operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Sydney’s return flight to Los Angeles will operate as flight AA72 on 6 January.
American had previously maintained a skeleton network to Australia throughout the pandemic which it then suspended in August 2021, as the Australian government halved its overseas arrival caps.
The news also comes as Qantas dramatically brought forward its planned restart of flights to numerous international destinations.
The airline announced on Friday that it will bring forward its planned return to flights from Australia to Singapore, Fiji, Johannesburg, Phuket and Bangkok, as well as introduce a brand-new direct route between Sydney and Delhi.
Qantas stated that the NSW government’s decision to axe all quarantine requirements for double-jabbed Australians has significantly increased demand for overseas travel, allowing for a faster ramp up in international operations than previously planned.
The airline’s new route from Sydney to Delhi will begin on 6 December 2021, with three planned return flights per week on its Airbus A330 aircraft, with capacity expected to build to daily flights on this route by the end of the year – subject to regulatory approvals from Indian authorities.
Flights from Sydney to Delhi will involve one layover in Darwin, while the Delhi to Sydney leg will be nonstop.
The route will continue until at least late March 2022, however, this could become a permanent part of Qantas’ international network, should demand require.
Meanwhile, Qantas has dramatically brought forward its planned flights to a number of international destinations.
The airline will begin flying Sydney to Singapore from 23 November, four weeks earlier than planned. Initially this service will be three times per week on A330 aircraft, which will ramp up to daily from 18 December.
Jetstar will also begin flying from both Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from 16 December.
Qantas has also stated flights from Sydney to Fiji will be brought forward to 7 December 2021, 12 days earlier than previously announced. It will begin flying four return flights per week on a Boeing 737.
Meanwhile, Jetstar will resume flights to Fiji from 17 December.
Qantas will perform three return flights per week from Sydney to Johannesburg from 5 January 2022, three months earlier than scheduled on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as well as five return flights per week to Bangkok on its A330s from 14 January 2022, two months ahead of schedule.
The airline will also return to Phuket on 12 January 2022, over two months earlier than planned, and perform three return flights per week on its Dreamliner.