October air capacity to be up 6% from last year

October air capacity to be up 6% from last year

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite fewer seats from Japan and Korea, Hawaii can expect thousands more visitors in October than came to the state last year.

A tally of airline schedules which factors in the seat capacity of each aircraft to be used finds that 894,408 seats will fly to Hawaii in October, more than 42,000 more than in October 2013.

The tally, done by state economists, shows significant increases from West Coast airports, more than offsetting 7.9% fewer seats from Japan and 11.8% fewer from South Korea.

September had seen 5.1% more airlift than the year-before tally, 852,341 seats total, which worked out to more than 28,000 a day. So an October of 42,000 is more than can be explained by October's 31st day.

The posted airline schedules show almost 16% more seats from LAX, Oakland and Portland – with a lot of the extra Oakland seats going to Kona and a lot of the extra Portland seats going to Kahului. Smaller increases are shown for flights from San Francisco, Seattle and Phoenix.

Both Lihue and Kona will see monthly seat capacity crest 50,000; Kahului will get closer to 150,000. Hilo holds onto the 3,388 seats it had last year, from the daily United Airlines run from LAX.

International seats will be down by about 11,000, or 3.6%, compared to October of last year, mainly because of 7.9% fewer seats on flights from Japan. An 11.8% decline from Seoul works out to a reduction of fewer than 4,000 seats, offset almost exactly by a small seat increase from Canada.

South Pacific airlift, including New Zealand, will be more than 38,000, down roughly 1,000 because of a reduction of that amount from Sydney. Airlift from Taiwan is down but there will be 9,000 more seats from China than in October 2013 when Beijing flights hadn't launched yet.

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