The US Food & Drug Administration has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for use in the US, meaning that at the end of this long, dark pandemic tunnel, there will be light at last. So where are we going to celebrate? That would be Hawaii.
On Tuesday, December 8, Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would begin non-stop flight from Austin to Honolulu on April 21, 2021 – the first non-stop flight from the capital to the state of Aloha.
Austin is only the 16th US city that Hawaiian Airlines lands in and will use an Airbus A330 on its flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Although it has not yet been determined on which days the airline will operate flights twice a week.
“Although this year has had an unprecedented impact on the aviation and airport industries, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continues to strive to provide the best possible service to our passengers,” said Jacqueline Yaft, ABIA CEO. “We know many Central Texans will love to travel next year, and we’re excited to offer them an easy and convenient way to explore Hawaii.”
The press release also notes that Hawaii is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Texans – and likely to become even more popular once air traffic increases following the pandemic.
Together with Austin, Hawaiian announced nonstop flights to two more cities next spring: Orlando, Florida and Ontario, California. The airline also announced that it will expand service from Long Beach, California to Kahului, Maui, starting March 9.