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November air capacity to the islands up 4.8% from last year

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The passenger airlines will send 12,741 flights to Hawaii this November. That’s 582 more flights than last year.

The 4.8% increase in total seats, to 925,018, includes 61,841 to Kona, up 18.7%, and 173,756 to Kahului, up 7.8%, suggesting a continuation of the fall trend of more visitors choosing Maui and the Big Island.

There has also been a shift in where visitors are coming from.

Based on capacity counts by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Los Angeles airlift, 184,329, is down 4.3% compared to last year, though LAX is still the single biggest source of passengers to Hawaii.

At the same time, capacity from the San Francisco Bay Area, 151,034, is up more than 31% with more flights from SFO and slightly more capacity from Oakland. This count also includes San Jose.

Virgin America this week launched daily service from SFO to Honolulu.

Seattle and Portland will both be sending more visitors to Hawaii with more flights to Honolulu, Kahului and Kona as Alaska Airlines strengthens its schedule and Hawaiian moves to guard its own market share.

On the international side, there will be more flights from Australia than in November of last year, but capacity is down from Osaka. The ups and downs from other Asia-Pacific airports are in a narrow range. Canadian airlift will be up 20% from last year, mostly because of thousands more seats from Vancouver.

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