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Hawaiian Airlines drops Taipei service

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 8:19 p.m. HST, Mar 5, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines said Wednesday it will discontinue its three-times-a-week service to Taipei, Taiwan, the second international flight that the state's largest carrier has eliminated in the last week and the third in the past year.

The airline said it will reassign the 294-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft used for that route to its Seoul service, which it is cutting to five days a week from daily beginning April 23.

Hawaiian said the last flight from Honolulu to Taipei will be April 6 and the final return flight from Taipei will be April 7. The decision to discontinue service comes less than a year after Hawaiian made its inaugural flight on July 9. 

A week ago, Hawaiian announced it was dropping daily service between Honolulu and Fukuoka, Japan, in June. Hawaiian ended service to Manila on Aug. 1.  

"The increase in travelers we have come to expect, when the U.S. visa waiver was extended to additional countries, has not materialized in Taiwan, and it became evident very quickly that there is insufficient awareness of Hawaii among residents of Taiwan for nonstop service to be successful," Hawaiian President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Dunkerley said. "At the same time, demand in peak travel days in South Korea has encouraged us to deploy our larger A330 aircraft (instead of a 264-seat Boeing 767 being used now) on that route."

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