By Howard Dicus
HONOULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite a net decline in seats from Japan, scheduled airline service to Hawaii during the fourth quarter will fly 2,250,348, up 7.1% from the same three months last year.
Capacity from the U.S. mainland will be up 11.1% to more than 1.6 million and capacity from Canada will be up 13.1% to nearly 79,000, compared to fourth quarter 2009, according to a tally produced from airline schedules by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.
At least half of the reduction in Japanese capacity looks temporary, reflecting a gap between the cancellation of Japan Airlines service to Kona and the launch in late November of Hawaiian Airlines service from Tokyo Haneda.
Total capacity for October-November-December will be up 5.8% to Lihue (104,676), up 7.1% to Kona (151,404), and up 24.6% to Kahului (419,513) with each neighbor island getting nonstop flights from at least five U.S. mainland cities plus Vancouver.
Here are the airports sending the most seats, and typically the most visitors, to Hawaii:
More than 60,000 seats will come to Hawaii in this quarter from the American Airlines headquarters hub at Dallas-Ft. Worth, and from Las Vegas.
More than 40,000 seats are scheduled from Chicago (with nonstop flights by both United and American), Seoul (up 25.6%) and Sydney (up 12.1%).
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