Hawaiian Airlines launched nonstop service between Honolulu and Osaka’s Kansai Airport on July 12.

“Demand for our services in Japan has returned to pre-tsunami levels, and we are grateful for the enthusiastic response we are receiving from the people of Osaka,” Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the daily Osaka flight will add approximately 100,000 available seats annually between Japan and Oahu while generating $120 million in visitor spending.

All told, the HTA said Hawaiian’s recently launched nonstops linking Honolulu to both Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Incheon, South Korea — combined with the new Osaka route — will bring in $350 million in visitor spending and $38 million in available tax revenue.
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