Taipei, March 6 (CNA) Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday that it will suspend its thrice-weekly service to Taipei from April due to unsatisfactory passenger load. The U.S. carrier, which launched the Taipei service last July, said in a statement that it will operate its final flight from Honolulu to Taipei April 6, and from Taipei to Honolulu April 7. "The increase in travelers we have come to expect, when the U.S. visa waiver was extended to additional countries, has not materialized in Taiwan, and it became evident very quickly that there is insufficient awareness of Hawaii among residents of Taiwan for non-stop service to be successful," Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines, said in the statement. The 294-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft currently flying the route will be reassigned to the airline's more popular service serving Seoul, the company said. Now in its 85th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S.
mainland, according to the company's website. (By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low)