KOA welcomes first direct Japan flight in over 2 years

  • The new Federal Inspection building at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport received its first flight from Japan Airlines Tuesday morning. Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today

  • The new Federal Inspection building at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport received its first flight from Japan Airlines Tuesday morning. Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today

  • The new Federal Inspection building at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport received its first flight from Japan Airlines Tuesday morning. Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today

  • Passengers disembark Japan Airlines flight 770 from Narita Tuesday morning, the first direct flight to Kona since being suspended because of the pandemic. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Passengers disembarking Japan Airlines flight 770 from Narita Tuesday morning pose for a photo on the tarmac. This was the first direct flight to Kona since being suspended because of the pandemic. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Passengers disembark Japan Airlines flight 770 from Narita Tuesday morning, the first direct flight to Kona since being suspended because of the pandemic. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Passengers disembark Japan Airlines flight 770 from Narita Tuesday morning, the first direct flight to Kona since being suspended because of the pandemic. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Japan Airlines flight 770 lands at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport Tuesday after a two year hiatus because of the pandemic. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole on Tuesday welcomed its first direct international flight in over two years with the touchdown of a Boeing 767-300 from Tokyo.