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Gabbard calls for suspension of Japan, South Korea flights amid coronavirus fears

February 26, 2020 at 11:38 AM HST - Updated February 26 at 5:26 PM
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is calling for a suspension of flights to Hawaii from South Korea and Japan amid growing concerns about the coronavirus.

“It is irresponsible for our leaders to endanger the health and well-being of Hawaii’s people by continuing to allow travel from Japan and South Korea," Gabbard said, in a statement Wednesday.

“I know there will be economic hardship, but it will pale in comparison to the cost in lives and economic damage to Hawaii and our country if we don’t suspend travel from these countries.”

The news comes after Hawaiian Airlines announced it would temporarily suspend its service between Honolulu and Seoul.

Service to Incheon International Airport, with five flights a week, will be suspended March 2.

Hawaiian Airlines hopes to resume service April 30.

“We believe a temporary service suspension is prudent given the escalation of COVID-19 in South Korea and the impact the illness has had on demand for leisure travel from that country,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO at Hawaiian Airlines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sounds good, but may well be too little too late for our Island State.

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