Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) recently released a grim forecast for Hawaii’s visitor industry for the summer months.
According to a recent report based on information from the Official Airline Guide’s May flight schedules, the DBEDT predicted the total number of scheduled airline seats to Hawaii will decrease by 11.4 percent from June through August, compared to the same period in 2007. The report showed flights from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii dropping by 11.3 percent, with the number of seats from the Western U.S. down significantly.
Airlift from San Diego is expected to drop 18.4 percent and flights from Sacramento are expected to decrease by 48.7 percent; seats from Oakland are down an estimated 81.4 percent.
Interisland flight news, however, was a little brighter. Hawaiian Airlines announced it will expand its interisland fleet by four planes, with two entering service in September and the remaining two joining the fleet in November and December, respectively.
Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism