- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on Hawaiian Airlines winning Tokyo to Kailua-Kona route (all times local):

10 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says Hawaiian Airlines will use its new slot at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport to fly to Kailua-Kona three times a week. It will fly to Honolulu from Haneda the other four days.

The department on Friday announced it awarded a new nighttime slot at Haneda to Hawaiian Airlines.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says the announcement is the result of a recently finalized agreement between the U.S. and Japan. The deal expands the number of flights between Haneda and the U.S. to six from four.

The new route to Kona will bring a regularly scheduled flight to the Big Island from Japan for the first time since 2010. Hawaiian estimates the Kona route will generate $35 million in visitor spending and $12.5 million in wages and benefits.

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7:30 a.m.

Hawaiian Airlines has won the right to operate a direct flight from Tokyo to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in a statement Friday says U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx shared the news.

The new route will bring a regularly scheduled international flight to the Big Island for the first time since 2010.

That’s when Japan Airlines stopped flying between Tokyo’s Narita airport and Kona due to corporate restructuring. Japan Airlines had maintained the route for 14 years.

Hawaiian will fly from Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport to Kailua-Kona. The Honolulu airline already flies from Haneda to Honolulu.

Schatz says the announcement is the result of an agreement the U.S. and Japan recently finalized to expand the number of flights between Haneda and the U.S. to six from four.

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