KONA — Gov. David Ige welcomed Japan Airlines’ inaugural flight from Narita International Airport to the Kona International Airport at Keahole on Hawaii Island on Friday. The new daily, nonstop service marks JAL’s return to Kona.
The new service is expected to generate $9.8 million in tax revenue and create 900 new jobs, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
“We are extremely excited about the daily service to Kona, which is on its way to becoming Hawaii’s second major international port of entry,” Ige said.
George Szigeti, HTA president and chief executive officer, said the new flight connecting Tokyo and Kona reinforces Japan Airlines’ commitment to support travel to the Hawaiian Islands.