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Hawaiian to boost Sapporo-Honolulu flights


    Hawaiian Airlines will increase its nonstop service between Sapporo and Honolulu.

Hawaiian Airlines will increase its nonstop service between Sapporo and Honolulu to up to five weekly flights Feb. 1-16. The added frequency comes in response to high demand from Hokkaido travelers during the winter holiday.

Under Hawaiian’s expanded schedule, flights will depart Sapporo at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, arriving in Honolulu at 8 a.m. on the same day. Flights from Honolulu to Sapporo will depart at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, arriving at 5 p.m. the following day.

Hawaiian, the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Honolulu and Sapporo, began thrice-weekly service in 2012.

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Questions remain, however, over the ability of some OPEC nations — Iran and Venezuela in particular — to increase production as they struggle with domestic turmoil and sanctions.

Oil prices rose after OPEC’s announcement, which analysts cited as evidence that investors believe the actual increase in production will be smaller, about 600,000 to 700,000 barrels a day. U.S. crude futures jumped 4.6 percent to $68.58 a barrel. Reports have said for weeks that production was likely to rise, but analysts said investors appear to think the boost will be smaller than OPEC says it will. So oil prices rallied even though they usually go down when production rises.

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