It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics!
Today he discussed which airline company brings us the most visitors.
Pacific Business News has done its annual tally of that, based on 2014 data…
Only two airlines bring 2 million people a year to Hawaii - Hawaiian, with a combination of domestic and international seats - and United, with more domestic seats than Hawaiian but coming in only seventh on international capacity. Hawaiian beats American by about 100,000 passengers.
Delta, Alaska and American all bring us more than 1 million, with almost a quarter of Delta's airlift coming here from Japan. Delta hauled 1.2 million last year, Alaska 1.1 million, American slightly less even after counting US Airways.
At half a million or fewer, we have Japan Airlines and Korea Air Lines, which are roughly tied for second place on international seats. JAL hauled 494,000, Korean air 425,000.
Below a quarter million we have WestJet, the Canadian discount airlines, and ANA - this includes its charter subsidiary Air Japan - and Taiwan's China Air. Air Canada comes in above 100,000 but brings only half as many Canadians as WestJet. Qantas and Allegiant in similar territory.
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