Business / In Brief • Apr. 11, 2013

Hawaiian plans to fly to China

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines plans to start nonstop service from Honolulu to China beginning next year and will eliminate service to Manila over the summer.

The airline said Wednesday that the flights from Honolulu to Beijing are expected to start on April 16, 2014, pending U.S. and Chinese regulatory approval.

The new service is expected to run three times a week.

This would be Hawaiian Airlines 10th new international destination since November 2010.

The new service is expected to produce $81 million in annual visitor spending and $8.47 million in tax revenue for Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Hawaiian Airlines said it is discontinuing nonstop service to Manila due to underperformance. Chief Commercial Officer Peter Ingram said in a statement that high fuel prices and low fares hurt the route.