Airlines That Fly To Hawaii

The loss of ATA and Aloha in 2008, coupled with the recession, had dramatically impacted Hawaii’s tourism industry. 2008 was one of the worst years for the travel industry in Hawaii. But that’s beginning to change. The number of airlines that fly to Hawaii is growing. Airlines that fly to Hawaii are adding new routes.

Allegiant plans to fly to Hawaii from smaller cities on the US mainland starting in late 2010. Alaska has recently expanded their routes to Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines has expanded routes to the US mainland, including a direct Maui to Las Vegas flight, as well as adding new direct flights to Japan and South Korea later this year. Hawaiian also introduced service to the Philippines earlier this year.

Airlines That Fly To Hawaii

Airlines That Fly To Hawaii

Hawaiian will begin their service to Haneda Airport in Japan beginning in November. Because they will be flying out of Haneda, which is in the Tokyo metropolitan area, it is believed they will have an advantage over most other carriers that have to operate out of Narita, which is a 90 minute to 2 hour commute away. Hawaiian plans to launch their service to Seoul, South Korea in January 2011.

All this means good news for Hawaii’s number one industry. When the number of airlines that fly to Hawaii grows and when routes expand, they inevitably lower the prices for air fares. This in turn, simulates demand for travel, and when more people travel to Hawaii, it increases the amount of tourist dollars spent in the state for hotel rooms, car rentals, taxis, restaurants, souvenirs and so forth.

Unlike other mainland tourist destination areas on the mainland, like Orlando, Anaheim or Las Vegas, where travelers can arrive by the millions by car, Hawaii, because it is situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is highly dependent on air travel for tourism dollars. So the state is heavily reliant on the airlines that fly to Hawaii. Currently, the airlines that fly to Hawaii from the US mainland include: Hawaiian, United, American, Delta, Alaska, US Airways and soon, Allegiant.

Allegiant will be an interesting addition to the current group of airlines that fly to Hawaii. Allegiant principally serves smaller markets in the US. The company focuses on flying those who live in those markets to key tourist destinations areas like Orlando, South Florida, Las Vegas and soon Hawaii. Examples of some of the smaller markets now served by Allegiant include: Stockton, California; Eugene, Oregon; Bozeman, Montana; Medford, Oregon and Wichita, Kansas. Allegiant offers a different approach from other airlines in that they place a great deal of emphasis on selling complete travel packages. So far, Allegiant’s business model has proven to be effective and their expansion into the Hawaii market is further validation of that success.

The state is also hoping to expand the number of international carriers serving Hawaii. Airlines that fly to Hawaii from international locations include: Air Canada, Westjet, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, China Air, Korean Air, Philippines Air, Air New Zealand and Qantas. The State of Hawaii has been actively recruiting airlines in China to fly to Hawaii. It was hoped that Hainan Airlines, the largest private carrier in China, would establish a direct route to Hawaii, but the plans fell through. It’s been reported that the State as well as number of carriers continue to explore opportunities to establish a lucrative Hawaii to China direct route.

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