Airline seat count foretells soft April for Hawaii

Airline seat count foretells soft April for Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There will be 4,707 regular passenger flights to Hawaii in April, 138 more than last year, but some will be smaller jets, and the seat count will fall 0.4%.

A state census of airline seats flying to the islands shows 970,371 seats, down about 3,500 seats from April 2015, with capacity down 1.1% from the U.S. mainland and down 6.4% from Japan.

Capacity will be up from a number of smaller markets including Canada, up 1.5% to 57,923; Korea, 32% to 30,588; and Australia-New Zealand, up 8.8% to 45,633. The next largest foreign market for Hawaii is China, with about 13,000 seats in April, compared to 11,000 last year at the same time.

The single greatest source of air seats to Hawaii continues to be Los Angeles, with 190,859 seats taking off from LAX in April. But that's down 4% from almost 199,000 in April 2015.

The second biggest source is San Francisco, with almost 100,000 seats in April, up 7% from last year. Capacity from SFO, Oakland and San Jose combined is more than from all Japan cities combined.

More than 100,000 seats will fly here from Seattle and Portland, but that capacity is also down from last year.

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