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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
More than 600 thousand people
have flown to Hawaii this month, but a flattening out of arrivals could prevent
April from being much better than February, even with two more days.
Arrivals by air so far this year: January 724,118, up 5 percent, or about 34,000. February 685,976, up 7 percent, or about 45,000. March 803,111, up 9 percent, or about 68,000.
By Thursday, April had seen 584,230 arrivals, up 7
percent, or about 40,000. Extrapolating from daily arrivals data known through
Thursday, the monthly tally should have topped 600,000 Friday and by month's
end should be at least equal to the tally for February, a 28-day month.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority already suggested one
explanation when it recently reported higher arrivals for March - that the
calendar, which this year moved spring break from April to March, moved a lot
of extra arrivals into the earlier month as well.
Mainland arrivals are up almost 6 percent so far this
month: To Oahu: up 8 percent, or about 19,000 to 271,000
arrivals. To Maui Co.: up 4 percent, or about 3,000 to about 99,000
arrivals. To the Big Island: flat, about 39,000 total arrivals
through Thursday. To Kauai: up 2 percent, or about 700, to 33,000 arrivals.
International arrivals, not counting Canada, topped
147,000 on Friday morning, up 13 percent, or about 17,000, compared to last
year at the same juncture. Arrivals from Japan were up 7 percent to 94,000
while other international arrivals were up 27 percent to 53,000.