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Winter airlift up 4.5% from last year

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Airline schedules for the first three months of 2011 show 2.3 million seats flying to Hawaii, up 4.5% from the same three months later.

That works out to almost 100,000 more seats, including a lot more from Asia to Honolulu and more Pacific Northwest capacity to neighbor islands, especially Maui.

First quarter airlift by county, compared to the same three months last year:

  • Oahu 1.6 million, up 4%, or 60,000 more seats.
  • Maui 438,000, up 10%, or 40,000 more seats.
  • Hawaii 167,000, flat.
  • Kauai 107,000, up 4%, or 4,000 more seats.

The Big Island lost its Japan flights but mostly made it up with more flights from the mainland including a new seasonal flight from Vancouver and more service from Seattle.

Despite new Haneda flights to Honolulu by Hawaiian, JAL and ANA, total Japan airlift over the winter will actually be down slightly. The new Haneda flights add up to 60,000 seats over the quarter, but JAL and ANA reduced service from Narita, and airlift from Osaka is down 35%.

The lost Japan airlift is made up is from Seoul, with 61-thousand seats, up 78% from last winter. There will also be 14% more seats from Australia, where the Aussie dollar has appreciated to approximate parity with the U.S. dollar. Airlift will also be higher from New Zealand, the Philippines and American Samoa.

Despite more seats to Oahu from Atlanta Hartsfield and Chicago O'Hare, U.S. East direct airlift is down 19%. Most U.S. East visitors to Hawaii already transfer at one of those two airports (United and American both fly to Hawaii from O'Hare while Delta has its headquarters hub in Atlanta) or in Houston (Continental), Denver (United), Dallas-Ft. Worth (American), Phoenix (US Airways), San Francisco (United) or Los Angeles (several carriers).

Phoenix capacity is up 17%.

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