Hawaiian Airlines to hike Maui air capacity

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines will add a second daily flight between Los Angeles and Maui during next year's peak summer travel period.

The second daily flight will start June 13, adding 34,000 air seats to Maui over 10 weeks, Hawaiian said in a Monday morning announcement.

"We're doubling our Maui summer service to give Los Angeles-area residents another option," said Executive VP Peter Ingram, "and make it easier for people in other parts of the country to come."

The current daily flight takes off from LAX at 10 a.m., convenient for local residents in Los Angeles, but the second flight will leave at 1:30 p.m. PDT, more convenient for travelers transferring at LAX after starting their journeys in other cities.

In recent months, reflecting recent increases in airlift from the West Coast, visitor traffic has been up to all islands, but the biggest increase in raw numbers has been to Maui.

In other airlines news:

  • Japan Airlines says it expects 10 percent more holiday traffic on its international route network, and is laying on extra charters to Hawaii, Alaska and Palau. The JAL holiday period lasts for two weeks starting this coming Friday.
  • United Airlines pilots completed voting Saturday on their first unified contract. Almost all 10,000 pilots voted and two thirds voted yes. The Air Line Pilots Association says it will now work on merging the United and Continental seniority rosters, which determine which pilots get to fly which routes.

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