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What:Due to high demand for summer travel between California and Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines will increase airlift to and from select airports beginning May 20, 2015.
Why It Matters:Hawaii may come to mind for many travelers during the colder months — a recent TripAdvisor survey showed that Honolulu is among the top 10 winter destinations for U.S. leisure travelers — but summer vacation brings even more mainlanders to the Aloha State, which means increased sales opportunities for travel agents. Hawaiian Airlines’ seasonal, nonstop flights will add nearly 110,000 seats over approximately 18 weeks in service and will connect Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif., to Lihue on Kauai and Kona on Hawaii Island. As an added bonus, travelers onboard the Boeing 767 aircraft will have the option of renting iPad minis loaded with movies, television shows and interactive games.
Fast Facts:- The Boeing 767 aircraft used for seasonal flights will seat 264 passengers, with 18 in first class and 246 in the main cabin.
- Additional flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport and Kona International Airport will be available from May 20 to Aug. 24.
- Additional flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport and Lihue Airport will be available from May 21 to Sept. 9.
- Additional flights to and from Oakland International Airport and Lihue Airport will be available from May 20 to Sept. 8.
- Additional flights to and from Oakland International Airport and Kona International Airport will be available from May 21 to Aug. 24.
What They Are Saying:“It is never too early to start planning for summer travel, and these non-stop flights were so popular with our travelers this summer that we wanted to bring them back so that our guests can have more options and more flexibility when visiting the Hawaiian Islands,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “We are proud to continue to support the visitor industries of Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island, and also offer our island residents direct access to the Bay Area and Southern California.”