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Hawaiian Airlines renews permit to fly to Philippines as Manila service ends

July 17, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Although Hawaiian Airlines is ending its service between Honolulu and Manila at the end of this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation has renewed the airline’s permit to continue to fly to the Philippines for another two years.

The Philippine Flight Network reports the Department of Transportation has granted Honolulu-based Hawaiian’s application to renew its permit to fly to the Philippines until May 21, 2015. The Philippine Flight Network reports Hawaiian, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: HA) said in its application that it would like to have the flexibility to return to the Manila market if market conditions change and the route becomes more profitable.

Hawaiian cited higher fuel costs and lower fares in its decision to end the Manila route, which it started five years ago.

The last Hawaiian flight to Manila is scheduled to depart Honolulu International Airport on July 31, with the return flight departing Manila on Aug. 1.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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