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Hawaiian Airlines will resume flights to New Zealand after pandemic hiatus

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Hawaiian Airlines will resume nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and New Zealand this July.

Flights will take off three times per week between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand after a two-year suspension of service due to the pandemic, the airline announced Wednesday.

“The resumption of our New Zealand service, along with the restart of our Sydney service in December, completes the reopening of our Oceania market – an integral piece of our company’s post-pandemic recovery,” Hawaiian Airlines Australia and New Zealand Regional Director Andrew Stanbury said.

New Zealand’s border continues to reopen in phases, and will require vaccination and pre-and-post-travel testing from non-citizen travelers entering the country.

“Our July return comes at just the right time as Kiwis looking to get away this winter can now take a much-needed tropical escape to the Hawaiian Islands or visit the continental United States. We look forward to welcoming them back with our authentic Hawaiian hospitality and unparalleled onboard service,” Stanbury said.

The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority reported in 2022 there were 500 visitors from New Zealand between January and February. In 2019, there were 7,533 visitors from the country.

The 278-seat Airbus A330 will resume flights on July 2, departing the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:25 p.m. The flights will arrive at 9:45 p.m. the following day at Auckland Airport.

Flights departing from Auckland will take off Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 11:55 p.m. with a 10:50 a.m. same-day arrival in Honolulu.

Sabrina Bodon is a general assignment reporter at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Contact her at sbodon@hawaiipublicradio.org or 808-792-8252.
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