Less than two weeks after Hawaii began welcoming back visitors from the mainland, Hawaiian Airlines says it is reviving the longest domestic commercial flight in the United States.
The service announced in a press release last week that it is bringing again its 5,095-mile, Boston-Honolulu route in December. The almost 12-hour flight is not the one route coming again to Hawaiian’s schedule: It can even provide service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Honolulu together with nonstop service between the islands and 5 California cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and Long Beach. In reality, its complete 13-city U.S. mainland community is coming again.
According to a reserving search on the airline’s web site, the Boston-Honolulu route consists of two legs: the primary, from Boston Logan International Airport to Los Angeles International, takes a bit beneath 6½ hours. The flight from LAX to Daniel Okay. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu takes slightly below six hours.
Including a two-hour layover, Hawaii-bound passengers might spend upward of 14 hours in a masks simply to get to the islands, which had been largely off limits since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The excellent news: The return flight takes simply 10 hours, quarter-hour.
Hawaii additionally requires guests to acquire a adverse COVID-19 take a look at end result from throughout the 72 hours prior to their flight’s departure time if they want to bypass a compulsory 14-day quarantine.
And but hundreds of vacationers have already proven they’re prepared to accomplish that: On the primary day alone, 8,000 visitors arrived.
In an effort to streamline the method, Hawaiian and United Airlines each started providing checks to island-bound passengers when this system started on Oct. 15. Hawaiian’s testing setup targeted on drive-through testing at services close to LAX and San Francisco International Airport, whereas United allowed customers to choose between a fast take a look at on the day of journey or an at-home take a look at that will be overnighted to the lab.
USA TODAY has reached out to Hawaiian to see whether or not it plans to broaden its testing program to extra airports.
Other journey necessities embrace finishing Hawaii’s Safe Travels form and offering the state with contact data and native lodging.
Once in Hawaii, there could also be extra hurdles relying on the island and its COVID-19 scenario.
Due to a surging infection rate on the island of Lanai, Maui County has requested permission from Gov. David Ige to implement a stay-at-home order for that space starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday. If it is permitted, nonessential journey to Lanai could be restricted, and vacationers would have to bear a 14-day quarantine.
“For now, we recommend that residents and visitors, who are able, immediately shelter in place at their home or place of lodging,” mentioned Maui Mayor Michael Victorino, whose county now has a 2.8% positivity rate, which is .05% increased than the statewide average. “Trips outside should be for essential needs only, such as purchasing food, or medical visits. Everyone must wear masks in public.”
The huge island of Hawaii has the state’s highest seven-day positivity fee at 3.4%, whereas Kauai, which has the bottom fee at 0.2%, is now incentivizing guests to voluntarily retest as soon as arriving there. After Ige rejected Kauai plan to mandate a second take a look at, it started offering visitors who voluntarily take a second test a $150 gift certificate good at local businesses.
Hawaii lastly reopens: But you’ll have to jump through a lot of hoops first
Contributing: Associated Press