Posted by: loomisisc | May 8, 2010

New Haneda Flight Route and Honolulu Rail Line Could Boost Economy

Today, Hawaiian Airlines announced their award win of one of the four routes from Honolulu International Airport to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport. The Honolulu rail transit project’s route shift around the Honolulu Int’l Airport Runway Protection Zone was recently approved by the Federal Transportation Administration and will give travelers easier access to the rail line.

Mike McCartney, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority called the route award win, “a significant development for Hawaii” in an issued statement.

“Haneda Airport is an important hub for Japanese commuters and is well linked to central Tokyo by road, rail, and monorail, which will improve accessibility for international travel for business travelers and Japan residents living in secondary prefectures.

When the Honolulu rail transit project is complete, it will also improve accessibility to Honolulu International Airport for both residents and travelers. In particular, the rail line will aid in transporting visitors to new developments in Leeward Oahu like Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina and Hoakalei Marina and Resort in Ewa Beach. The combination of the new flight and the rail line could bode well for local economics of these communities that traditionally do not often benefit from tourism.

“Japan continues to be Hawaii’s second largest visitor market and has strong cultural ties with our state,” said McCartney. “Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines both offering non-stop service from Haneda to Honolulu will boost Hawaii’s tourism economy and stimulate job growth.”

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