Hawaiian Airlines remains keen to return to New Zealand and Australia, but accepts that they may be two of the last international markets to open up, this week’s CAPA Live webinar event heard.
HA’s chief executive Peter Ingram points out that the airline has been flying to Japan and Korea from Hawaii ‘to a certain degree’ for several months.
‘That started with all-cargo flights, with enough demand to justify the costs of operating and allowed us, as the pre-travel testing regime has come into place in Hawaii, to open up to passenger demand with a low hurdle for what incremental costs we need to cover that.’
Ingram says the flights have ‘worked generally fine’ but notes that hurdles remain. ‘People still have travel restrictions on their return from their trip, which hasn’t been the case with our domestic flights.’
Ingram noted New Zealand and Australia’s strict approach to closing their borders and the desire to eradicate rather than control Covid-19.
‘That leads us to the conclusion that it’s going to be even longer, probably well towards the end of this year at least, before we see these markets
‘But we’re keen to get back in when conditions are available to do so.’