Hawaiian Airlines to end Manila service

Christian B. Bautista
The airline says its Manila-Honolulu route is being hurt by high fuel prices and low fares

GOODBYE HAWAII. Hawaiian Airlines will be stopping its non-stop Manila service. File photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

MANILA, Philippines – US carrier Hawaiian Airlines will discontinue its Manila flights.

In a press release on Thursday, April 11, the company announced that flight HA 455 would make its final trip from Honolulu to Manila on July 31. Flight HA 456 will make the airline’s final return trip from Manila to Honolulu on August 1.

High fuel prices and low fares have plagued this particular route and while we have made several efforts to improve the economic performance of our Manila service, including adjusting our flight schedule to optimize connections and upgrading to newer A330 aircraft, we’ve concluded that the route will not be a commercial success,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines’ chief commercial officer.

The carrier’s non-stop Manila service operates 4 times a week. The route was inaugurated in April 2008.

The airline will still accept reservations for flights before August 1. The carrier will be making arrangements with other airlines to accommodate passengers with reservations after the discontinuation date. – Rappler.com