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Hawaii to get 7 percent more air capacity

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More seats from Canada, Korea and Australia, plus increases capacity from cities up and down the U.S. West Coast, will bring Hawaii 7% more visitors over the next three months if load factors remain steady. 

The state's rolling three-month count of scheduled airline seats to the islands, revised to cover November, December and January, shows 2,330,614 seats to Hawaii over the period, up 7.1% from the same three months a year ago. 

The count by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism breaks down seats by destination island:

+ To Honolulu: 1,623,624, up 3.8%.

+ To Kahului: 444,300, up 23.6%.

+ To Kona: 156,372, up 3.2%.

+ To Lihue: 106,318, up 5.5%.

There are currently no scheduled flights to Hilo from out of state. 

The busiest airport sending passengers to Hawaii will get busier. LAX will originate 523,629 seats to Hawaii over the three-month period, up 13.7% from last year at the same time. 

Some of the new LAX capacity may reflect Delta cutting back seats 32.3% from Salt Lake City and 18.5% from Minneapolis, while Continental Airlines is cutting Hawaii seats 47.6% from Houston and 2.4% from Newark. Vacationers from these cities can still fly to Los Angeles and transfer to flights to Hawaii on the same airline.

Another 386,832 will come from San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento, with more seats from each of these four airports reflecting more flights by Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines from Northern California. Capacity will also be higher from Seattle, Portland and San Diego, as well as from Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Canadian airlift is up 7.3% in the new report, including flights to all four of the largest airports in the state. There will be no flights from Japan to neighbor islands this winter following Japan Airlines' cancellation of its service to the Big Island.

Total Japan capacity will be down 3% despite new Haneda service by Hawaiian Airlines, JAL and ANA, because of cuts to capacity from Tokyo Narita, Osaka and Nagoya. 

But international capacity as a whole will be up slightly due to 41.9% more seats from Seoul, 10.4% more seats from Sydney, and small increases from Manila and Apia (Republic of Samoa).

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