Hawaii Welcomes New Flights from North America This Month
At the beginning of June, Hawaii welcomed two new flights servicing the U.S. East region. Hawaiian Airlines began service from New York City to Honolulu on June 4 and United Airlines from Washington D.C. to Honolulu on June 7. Later this month, a new airline to Hawaii will also begin operating flights servicing the U.S. West region. Allegiant Airlines will offer flights from Las Vegas and Fresno to Honolulu beginning June 29, and also announced they will expand to more cities on the West Coast beginning in the fall, including a direct flight from Bellingham, Wash. to Maui.
“North America is the largest market for Hawaii’s visitor industry and these new flights are a testament that there continues to be demand to visit the Hawaiian Islands,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “The additional flights from the U.S. East are from cities that currently do not have direct service to the Hawaiian Islands. We are also pleased to see Allegiant Airlines expanding its service to more regional West Coast cities that will service Honolulu and Kahului, helping to distribute the benefits of tourism across the state.”
The two East Coast routes will create ease of access for East Coasters to visit the Hawaiian Islands, while providing Hawaii residents greater opportunity to visit these exciting cities. Allegiant Airlines, known for offering low-cost fares from smaller U.S. cities, will give visitors from the West Coast better connectivity at competitive prices. In total, the new flights are estimated to provide $321 million in visitor spending and $34 million in tax revenue annually.