December 19, 2017

Hirono: New Scoot Flight from Singapore to Honolulu Strengthens Hawaii’s Visitor Industry

New Air Service Comes After Years of Advocacy by Senator Hirono to Add Singapore and Japan to U.S. Global Entry Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.Senator Mazie K. Hirono welcomed Singaporean airliner Scoot’s first flight to Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport from Singapore via Osaka, Japan. The new air service comes after years of advocacy by Senator Hirono to successfully add Singapore and Japan to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry program.

“I welcome Scoot Airlines’ new service to Honolulu. Today’s flight builds on Hawaii’s deep ties with Singapore and Japan, and helps strengthen our state’s economy and visitor industry,” said Senator Hirono. “Singapore and Japan’s inclusion in the Global Entry program will expedite and simplify the process for approved visitors from these nations upon arrival in Honolulu and better serve our traveling public.”

The flight marks the reestablishment of Singapore-Hawaii air service following a twenty-five year hiatus. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the new Scoot flights are projected to generate $79 million in visitor spending and support 971 jobs in Hawaii.

Senator Hirono was an early advocate of Singapore and Japan’s inclusion in Global Entry, leading a bipartisan letters to encourage the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to add these countries to the Global Entry program. Thanks to her leadership, Singapore was included in the Global Entry program in 2016 and a pilot program with Japan was launched earlier this year.