Golden Week: many flew elsewhere

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii got more Japanese visitors for Golden Week than last year, but the increases in Japanese outbound travel were bigger to other destinations.

Japan Airlines reported Wednesday it flew 24,732 passengers to Hawaii over the Golden Week period from Friday, April 27, to Sunday, May 6. That was 2.8 percent more traffic than last year at the same time.

JAL flew 4,052 passengers to Guam, up 13.5 percent, and 21,908 to the North American mainland, up 34.6 percent. Traffic to Europe, 18,315 passengers, was up 24.6 percent.

JAL said overall outbound traffic was up about 5 percent from last year and required 28 extra flights.

The yen has never been stronger. Three years ago it took 115 yen to buy a dollar. The exchange rate Wednesday morning was 80 to the dollar.

Golden Week is a traditionally busy week for Japanese vacations because it has three national holidays, allowing citizens to take a week off without using much vacation leave.

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