After a 18 month hiatus since Hawaiian Airlines last flew into or out of Australia, scheduled direct flights to Honolulu from Sydney and Brisbane are currently live on the carrier’s website to begin from December 16. All we need now is the Australian federal government to hit the go button on green lane travel.
Scheduled Sydney flights to Honolulu (Oahu) begin on December 16, 2021, and are bookable now with a return fare in Economy Class costing between $1,403 – $1,903.
Business Class flights ex Sydney to Honolulu (Oahu) cost between $8,527 and $8,972, departing from December 16.
Meanwhile, direct return flights to Honolulu (Oahu) ex Brisbane begin on December 17, 2021, with a return fare in Economy Class costing between $1,857 – $2,039.
Business Class flights ex Brisbane to Honolulu (Oahu) cost between $10,042 and $10,597, departing from December 17, 2021.
The only caveat here, of course, is that Australia’s international border ban is not set to lift until December 18, 2021, officially, at this stage.
However, you may have heard about the federal government this week seriously talking about fast-tracking the border reopening to potentially November, with home quarantine also now on the cards.
In that case, there’s an outside chance this could happen sooner than we think.
Commenting on when a firm start date could be declared, a spokesperson for Hawaiian Airlines said, “We keep our published schedule available for sale further out but we constantly adjust it based on the likelihood of our ability to serve the market. This has been true throughout the pandemic as conditions evolve in each of our markets. While we look forward to returning to Australia, we don’t have a definitive date to announce.”
Regardless, all Hawaiian Airlines fares come with unlimited free changes to bookings as part of their ‘Effortless Travel’ program.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said home quarantine would be key for restarting international travel with state and territory premiers asked to provide timetables about introducing the measure.
“Home quarantine is where we go next,” he said.
The federal government also announced this week that they will begin issuing vaccine passports from next month as preparations to restart international travel at the end of the year continues.
A spokesman for Stuart Robert, the cabinet minister in charge of digital and data policy, said further details would be released soon.
“The Morrison government continues to work towards vaccine assurance standards that will be one element of enabling vaccinated Australians to move and travel more freely,” he said on Wednesday.
In the US, people with proof they have had World Health Organisation-approved vaccines – including Pfizer and Australian-made AstraZeneca jabs – can self-monitor and get tested after entering the country.
Qantas has already announced that they will restart their Sydney to Honolulu (Oahu) scheduled flights from December 20, 2021.
Find out more: www.hawaiianairlines.com
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