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Posted: Thursday, March 6th, 2014 1:27 PM HST

Hawaiian suspends Taiwan flight amid slow demand

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaiian Airlines is suspending its nonstop service to Taiwan, saying the increase in demand it anticipated after a change to U.S. visa rules hasn't materialized.

The airline said Wednesday the last flight from Honolulu to Taipei will take off on April 6. The final return flight will depart Taipei the following day.

China Airlines also operates a nonstop flight between the two cities.

Hawaiian's announcement comes just weeks after it said it would end its nonstop service between Honolulu and Fukuoka, Japan.

Hawaiian CEO Mark Dunkerley said the airline expected more demand after the addition of Taiwan to a list of countries whose citizens may travel to the U.S. for 90 days without a visa.

But Dunkerley says there's insufficient awareness of Hawaii in Taiwan for a successful nonstop service.

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