Almost every hour, an airline is announcing some sort of cancellation or reduction of service. As I’m Australia based, I try to mainly focus on airline updates for airlines in and around Australia. A few airlines like Virgin, Air New Zealand & Qantas have already announced their capacity reductions, and it’s expected many more will follow suit. The next airline that will be making a reduction is a US carrier but not from the mainland. Hawaiian Airlines will be postponing both Australia & New Zealand services.
Hawaiian Airlines has quite a few Australian services with Sydney receiving five weekly flights while Brisbane also receives three weekly services. Auckland also gets three weekly services, and all of the routes listed above are operated by the carriers A330-200 aircraft.
Hawaiian Airlines Will Be Postponing Both Australia & New Zealand Services
Below I’ve listed all of the important information you’ll need to be aware of:
- The Sydney service (HA452/451) will be postponed effective March 22nd through to April 30th, 2020.
- The Brisbane service (HA444/443) will be postponed effective March 23rd through to May 31st, 2020
- The Auckland service (HA446/HA445) will be postponed effective March 22nd through to May 31st, 2020
“We respect the efforts of our Australian and New Zealand neighbors to institute stringent public health measures, and we remain dedicated to resuming our service as we continue to closely monitor evolving market conditions and regulations.”
This news is not at all surprising, and as I said before, it’s only a sign of what’s to come. With Australia & New Zealand both implementing new measures for self-isolation, this will put an even bigger strain on airlines as the number of passengers travelling will continue to dwindle, more so International airlines.
Hawaiian usually have pretty consistent loads to and from Australia, so I Imagine the decision to completely withdraw services will be very costly, especially during school holidays which will be approaching quite soon.
Does this change affect any of your travel plans?