HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Airlines will bring 1,084,653 scheduled air seats to Hawaii in May, up 12.4 percent from 965,290 last year, more than 100,000 extra seats.
A small increase in traffic to Oahu is expected, 2.2 percent, but the lion's share of new airlift will go to neighbor islands, with 17 percent more seats to Kahului, 61 percent more to Lihue, and 61 percent more to Kona.
May data by airport:
Honolulu – 676,000 +2.2 percent - Oahu has 390,000 air seats from the U.S. mainland plus 286,000 from international takeoff points, including 160,000 from Japan, 24,000 from Seoul, 24,000 from Sydney, 13,000 from Auckland, 12,000 from Guam and 11,000 from Vancouver.
Kahului – 210,000 +17 percent - Maui gets about 30,000 more air seats than last year, led by Portland airlift nearly doubling to 15,000, and smaller increases from other West Coast cities as well as Denver, Dallas and Chicago. Vancouver air capacity to Maui will rise slightly, to 7,700 seats.
Kona – 111,000 +61 percent - Kona gets new flights from Portland and 11,000 more seats from the San Francisco Bay Area, and its Japanese air capacity will nearly double to almost 10,000 seats now that Japan Airlines has joined Hawaiian Airlines is flying from Japan to the Big Island. Add to this, more than 5,000 seats United Airlines flies into Hilo, 1,500 more than last year.
Lihue – 83,000 +61 percent - No one can be sure how much the recent floods will dampen the boom in Kauai visitor traffic, but five U.S. carriers are pumping almost 30,000 more seats into the corridor this month, including thousands more seats from San Francisco and Seattle and 13,000 more from LAX.