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Hawaiian Air to suspend most N. America, international flights, some interisland routes

Peter Ingram, CEO and president of Hawaiian Airlines, speaks at a news conference Saturday. The Maui News screenshot

In the wake of Gov. David Ige’s travel quarantine mandate, Hawaiian Airlines announced Sunday that it will suspend most of its North America and international routes beginning Thursday and cut some of its Neighbor Island routes starting Wednesday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ige declared a 14-day self-quarantine mandate for most people entering the state starting 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The travel mandate is being called the first of its kind in the nation by state lawmakers.

Hawaii had 56 COVID-19 presumptive or positive cases as of Sunday; the majority are residents returning home after traveling.

“Governor Ige’s announcement yesterday of a 14-day quarantine requirement for all arrivals to the state effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, March 26, requires us to make further near-term adjustments to our long-haul schedules,” Hawaiian Airlines said in a announcement.

Hawaiian Airlines said it will continue a daily nonstop flight between Honolulu and Los Angeles and one weekly Honolulu-American Samoa flight.

The reduction for Neighbor Island flights will start with the suspension of ‘Ohana by Hawaiian service between Honolulu and Kapalua, West Maui, effective Wednesday. However, the airlines will keep “a network that will continue to provide vital connectivity for guests traveling within the state.”

“We are in a period of breathtaking change and disruption for our industry and the world,” the company said. “Hawaiian Airlines is committed to managing this situation with malama (care) for the well-being of our guests, our employees and our community.”

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