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Hawaiian Airlines announced it would add nonstop flights between Honolulu and Fukuoka, beginning in April 2012, pending Japan governmental approval. Fukuoka will be the fourth destination in Asia that Hawaiian has introduced to its route network, following services to Tokyo (November 2010), Seoul (January 2011) and Osaka (July 2011). Fukuoka Airport's proximity to Korea, China and other Asian countries will enhance Hawaiian's ability to attract customers from other regions of the Asian continent, as well as other cities in southern Japan via high-speed rail transportation.
Fukuoka is Japan's oldest city and the closest major Japanese city to mainland Asia. It is also known for its vibrant culture, entertainment and nightlife, easy accessibility in and around the city and its natural attractions, including some of Japan's best beaches.
Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said, "Demand for our services in Japan from Tokyo and Osaka has been extremely strong, and we are responding to similar demand for Hawaii from the travel community in Fukuoka. Our new Fukuoka flights will expand Hawaiian's reach into an entirely new region of Japan, while providing a substantial boost to Hawaii's visitor industry."
Subject to Japan government approval, starting April 16, 2012, Hawaiian Flight #453 will depart Honolulu International Airport daily at 1:20 p.m. and arrive at Fukuoka Airport at 6:40 p.m. the next day. Starting April 17, Flight #454 will depart Fukuoka daily at 9:00 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 10:00 a.m. the same day. (Fukuoka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)