Hawaii air capacity to be lower in second quarter

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Following capacity cuts from Japan, Hawaii air capacity for the second quarter will be down from last year, but the decline in fractional due to increases from places other than Japan.

Overall air capacity for April, May and June will be down 0.4 percent, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported Monday, despite Japan air connections down 10.5 percent.

The Japan decline stems from Japan Airlines going from five flights a day to four - it's suspending two of its three daily Narita flights - while switching from B747-400s to smaller B767s on its other routes. Delta Air Lines is also making temporary reductions its former Northwest Airlines service from Japan to Hawaii.

"It is important to note that the reduction in service from Japan not only negatively impacts Japanese visitor traffic to Hawaii, but also impedes travel to Hawaii from other Asian markets, such as China, which travel to Hawaii via Japan," the tourism authority said.

Offsetting this almost entirely is additional airlift from the U.S. West Coast, Australia, and South Korea.

Hawaiian Airlines has doubled Seoul airlift with its own service in competition with KAL. Sydney seats are up more than 43 percent because of additional Hawaiian Airlines service. Canadian airlift will be up almost 14 percent from last year due to more flights by Air Canada and the discount carrier WestJet.

Even now, there is a possibility of a net increase in capacity due to charter flights. Both JAL and Korean Air plan charters from Japan to Hawaii during Golden Week, confluence of national holidays in Japan when many people schedule their vacations. This year, Golden Week occurs at the end of April and the first week of May.

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