Hawaiian Airlines VP planning, pricing and revenue management Andrew Watterson, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) the carrier would not have launched Taiwan services had the country not been including in the US Visa Waiver programme. Mr Watterson said US visa procedures were a "big hindrance" to travel, and has restricted the countries the carriers can target for tourism.
Hawaiian would not have launched Taipei service without Taiwan inclusion in visa waiver program: VP
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Since launching long haul operations in summer 2013 Norwegian has grown its long haul network to 37 routes operated in 2016. In spite of the delay in receiving the US permit for NAI, 34 of these routes are between cities in Europe and the US. The only Asian destination is Bangkok, linked to the three Scandinavian capitals.
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