In response to the coronavirus and recent travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines has today announced that it will temporarily suspend nonstop services between Honolulu and its Australian and New Zealand gateways.
The suspension will come into effect later this month, temporarily halting flights extending to numerous services. The five-times-weekly between SYD and HNL will cease from March 22nd to April 30th. The three-times-weekly Brisbane service will also be stopped from March 23rd to May 31st.
In New Zealand, the three-times-weekly between AKL to HNL will be stopped from March 22nd to May 31st.
The new 14-day self-isolation entry requirements established by Australia and New Zealand to address the COVID-19 pandemic led to Hawaiian’s decision to suspend flights to both countries.
“We respect the efforts of our Australian and New Zealand neighbors to institute stringent public health measures, and we remain dedicated to resuming our service as we continue to closely monitor evolving market conditions and regulations,” said Theo Panagiotoulias, senior vice president for global sales and alliances at Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaiian is assisting impacted guests by offering travel waivers, re-accommodations on alternative flights or refunds. Guests requiring assistance may use e-mail and online chat options as well as the company reservations phone line. Options can be found at hawaiianairlines.com. Travel waiver information is available at hawaiianairlines.com/coronavirus.
The new measures are part of a continual rollout of announcements from airlines around the world as they scramble to give passengers more flexibility at a time when coronavirus is still spreading around the world. You can read about more measures now being taken by Qantas and Jetstar here.
And just in case you haven’t seen it yet, The AU Review would like to take this time to encourage you to watch this brilliant video by The Juice Media which should resonate much more strongly than than whatever our slow-to-act Government are doing. Stay safe, and self isolate.