Hawaii’s Big Island Says ‘E Komo Mai’ (Welcome) To Delta

New flight caps record year

By: Dawna Robertson

p class="Text">It’s getting even easier to reach Hawaii’s Big Island from the East and West, thanks to new Delta Airlines service from its Atlanta hub. In mid-December, The Big Island welcomed Delta’s inaugural flight to sunny Kona from Atlanta via Salt Lake City.

In typical Hawaiian style, passengers were greeted at Kona International Airport with hula dancers, leis and a warm welcome from The Big Island Visitors Bureau. The launching capped a record year that found year-to-date arrivals to The Big Island up 16.7 percent through October 2005.

The new one-stop service has no change of aircraft. Flight 343 departs Atlanta daily at 10:10 a.m. (EST) and arrives in Kona at 6:29 pm (HST). Return service aboard Flight 344 departs Kona at 11 p.m. and arrives in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. the following afternoon. The westbound departure from Salt Lake City to Kona is at 2:55 p.m. (MST), with the eastbound departure to Atlanta at 9:50 am the following morning after the red-eye Big Island segment.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Delta Vacations and Delta Airlines for this momentous occasion,” said George Applegate, executive director of The Big Island Visitors Bureau. “The year 2005 was one of record growth for The Big Island, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to introduce our beautiful island to even more visitors. We take pride in showing them the authentic meaning of ‘Aloha Spirit.’”

Delta Vacations has a long and distinguished history of providing value-priced vacation packages to the world’s most popular leisure destinations. A mainstay on the Hawaiian tourism scene for nearly 50 years, the wholesale arm offers air-inclusive vacation packages to some 68 resorts, including the Outrigger, Marriott, Hyatt, Radisson and Starwood chains. 




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