China Eastern Airlines has canceled four of its nonstop Shanghai-to-Honolulu flights in October, according to a statement released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

“All flights ongoing from Oct. 28, 2011, remain scheduled as planned, operating twice weekly at approximately 75% load factor,” HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney said in a statement. “Demand from China to visit the Hawaiian Islands remains high. However, obtaining visas to travel to the U.S. continues to be an obstacle.”

China Eastern debuted the first regularly scheduled, nonstop service between China and Hawaii to a great deal of industry fanfare Aug. 9.

The canceled flights were scheduled to travel between Shanghai and Honolulu Oct. 14, 18, 21 and 25.
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