Regular flights to Hawaii from China now landing in Honolulu
This past Tuesday, August 9th, marked the first ever regularly scheduled flight to Hawaii from China. Aboard an Airbus 340, nearly 300 passengers stepped off the plane at the Honolulu International Airport, where they were greeted with flower leis, Hawaiian music and hula.The newly introduced flights to Hawaii, operated by China Eastern Airlines, will arrive every Tuesday and Friday at 9:50am Hawaii Standard Time. Departures back to Shanghai leave on the same days at 11:50 am HST. The Hawaii Tourism Authority welcomes Chinese visitors with open arms, and for good reason—the HTA estimates that nearly 100,000 visitors from China will arrive in 2011 alone. With the new Shanghai-Honolulu flights now in operation, the number of estimated visitors shot up 37 percent. In total, these new flights to Hawaii from China will boost the local economy by bringing in an estimated $60 million in annual visitor expenditures. On average, estimates have put daily spending per Chinese visitor at $368 a day. Both Hawaii and China are happy to finally provide Chinese tourists with the opportunity to visit Oahu as well as neighbor islands. Governor Neil Abercrombie welcomed the first flight from China on Tuesday at the Honolulu International Airport. Chinese travel officials from China Eastern Airlines have express enthusiasm for these new flights, which will provide China’s travelers with a much-anticipated experience of the Hawaiian Islands. Earlier in 2011 during the months of January and February, three charter flights from Shanghai, operated by China Eastern Airlines, tested the route with early success. The local Hawaii economy expects new growth in jobs and industry with the introduction of these new flight arrivals.
Hawaii continues to welcome new visitors from all over the world. Honolulu International Airport currently hosts flights from far-reaching locations such as Osaka, New Zealand, Korea, Australia, the Philippines, Canada, and the Marshall Islands.