|Above, the baggage area of Kona International Airport. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
No sooner than we departed the Big Island of Hawaii to return home, news was released that Hawaiian Airlines will be offering service between Kona International Airport at Kailua-Kona to Tokyo.
Japan Today reported:
HONOLULU —Hawaiian Airlines on Friday secured the right to begin flying nonstop between Tokyo and Kailua-Kona, bringing a regularly scheduled direct flight from Japan to the Big Island for the first time since 2010.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said it awarded a new nighttime slot at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport to Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaiian plans to use it to fly to Kona three times a week and to Honolulu the other four times. The airline already flies between Haneda and Honolulu.
Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said the company anticipates beginning service between late October and late January.
|Above, one of the gates at Kailua-Kona. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The Kona International Airport looks much different than today's mega-terminal airports. It consists of bungalows and the baggage area is open air.
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