ANA increases flights between Tokyo and Honolulu with honu-themed fleet
Japan’s largest airline is increasing its flight frequency to Honolulu and bringing back its turtle-themed fleet.
In response to growing flight demands, All Nippon Airways will be increasing the number of flights between Japan and Hawaiʻi.
Flights between Honolulu and Haneda Airport in Tokyo will increase from three roundtrips a week to four beginning May 28.
Daily flights between Tokyo and Honolulu will begin July 1.
The popular Flying Honu returns on the same day. ANA’s Flying Honu fleet consists of three Airbus A380 aircraft painted to look like sea turtles.
Tourism from Japan has yet to recover from the pandemic. Only 9,000 Japanese visitors arrived in the first three months of the year — that’s down from 375,000 visitors in the first quarter of 2019.
But numbers could return. Gov. David Ige is currently in Japan to meet with government officials to talk trade and travel to Hawaiʻi.