‘Like welcoming home family’:Kona International Airport 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 international flight to Kona since being suspended because of the pandemic. (photos by 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 is guided to the gates at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole.

  • Passengers disembarking Japan Airlines flight 770 from Narita International Airport Tuesday morning pose for a photo on the tarmac at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. This was the first direct flight to Kona since being suspended 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.