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The Longest Routes From Daniel K. Inouye International Airport In Honolulu

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  • Several airlines connect Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu to far-reaching destinations like Boston and Sydney, among others.
  • Four routes out of the airport surpass 5,000 miles, with Jetstar and Philippine Airlines among the carriers operating them.
  • The Honolulu to New York JFK route is almost 5,000 miles, with Delta and Hawaiian competing on it.

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is located in Honolulu, the capital city of Hawai’i, on Oahu. The airport is a connection point between the mainland United States and other American territories, along with other nations in the Pacific. In addition to serving as a commercial airport, a military base is attached to it as well. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, home to US Navy and Air Force operations, is adjacent to the Hawaiian Islands’ largest airport.

Over 5,000 miles

Honolulu is connected to several points in the mainland US, reaching as far east as Boston and as far west as several points in Australia. According to Cirium, an aviation analytics firm, the longest route from HNL this month is 5,504 miles, and there are four routes over 5,000 miles. Jetstar, Qantas’ low-cost carrier, operates Boeing 787-8 flights to its base at Melbourne Airport twice-weekly. In total, Jetstar has eight flights, totaling 2,680 seats.

Photo: Ryan Fletcher | Shutterstock

The second-longest route is by Philippine Airlines, the flag carrier of the Philippines, founded in 1941. The airline operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft totaling just 49 planes. Five times every week, it deploys an Airbus A330-300 on the 5,302-mile route to Honolulu. There are 21 flights scheduled this month, totaling 6,489 seats.

As mentioned above, one of the longest routes reaches the eastern United States. Currently, Hawaiian Airlines is the only airline operating flights to Boston Logan International Airport. Hawaiian will soon face competition from Delta Air Lines, which has a hub in Boston and recently announced flights to Honolulu. On November 21, Delta will begin deploying one of its Boeing 767-300ERs daily on the seasonal route. The 5,095-mile route will be the longest domestic route in Delta’s network.


Delta Air Lines Announces New-Longest Domestic Route From Boston To Honolulu

The seasonal service will become the carrier’s longest domestic route when it begins in November.

The last route over 5,000 miles is to Sydney, Australia. This one has the most competition of the routes mentioned thus far, with three carriers providing flights. Hawaiian Airlines has the largest market share, operating five weekly flights, while Qantas operates four weekly flights, and Jetstar operates three. Travelers wanting to fly the 5,066 miles between Honolulu and Sydney can choose up to three flights on Saturdays.

Under 5,000 miles

Honolulu has 12 routes between 4,000 and 5,000 miles, the longest being to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Both Delta and Hawaiian compete on the route, deploying the 767-400s and A330-200s, respectively. The flight from Honolulu to JFK is 4,962 miles. The flight to nearby Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), operated by United Airlines, is 4,962 miles long. United uses its 767-400s on its daily flights from EWR to HNL.

A United Airlines Boeing 767-400ER Landing on a runway at Newark Airport.

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The next route on the list is also operated by United Airlines and its 767-400s, but to its hub at Dulles International Airport (IAD), which serves Washington DC. United connects the two cities four times weekly and has a total of 4,158 seats offered this month. Air Canada operates a 4,649-mile route from its home at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Currently, the Canadian carrier’s flights only operate on weekends with its Boeing 787-9s, which are capable of carrying 298 passengers.

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