Hawaiian Airlines will resume flights to Australia on Dec. 13.
The five-times per week service between Honolulu and Sydney has been suspended since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Hawaiian is resuming the route in response to Australia's decision to allow its citizens and permanent residents to begin traveling abroad next month. In addition, Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced last week that the state would resume welcoming visitors on Nov. 1. He said Hawaii would have a plan in place for accepting international visitors by Nov. 8, when the Biden administration lifts prohibitions against entry by people from 33 nations, including most of Europe, Brazil, India and China.
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Foreign residents are still prohibited from visiting Australia, and, for now, they won't be allowed on the Hawaiian Airlines flight.
"While entry requirements for the state of Hawaii remain to be announced, Hawaiian hopes the state of Hawaii will align its requirements with U.S. government rules requiring international arrivals to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure effective Nov. 8," the airline said.
Hawaiian will operate Sydney-Honolulu with a two-cabin Airbus A330.