Air Seats to the State Expected to Continue to Grow in First Quarter 2015
In 2014, airlift to the Hawaiian Islands grew 4 percent with nearly 11.2 million nonstop inbound air seats, with increases from both the domestic (+4.6% to 7.5 million air seats) and international (+2.6% to 3.6 million) markets. The HTA is projecting that the first quarter of 2015 will increase by 6.1 percent over the same period last year.
Domestic (+9.2%) air seats are expected to increase significantly during the first three months of the year from Hawaii’s core North America market with a slight increase (+0.5%) in seats from the international markets.
“As an island state, access to and from the Hawaiian Islands is key to the sustainability of our visitor industry and provides our residents with the ability to see the world,” said David Uchiyama, HTA vice president of brand management. “We anticipated seeing a bump in airlift to the state this year, particularly from North America, largely due to a redeployment of aircrafts from international routes to domestic routes from U.S. carriers. While we continue to monitor economic factors like oil prices, it is important that we continue to work collaboratively with our industry partners to ensure there is sufficient demand to sustain this sudden influx of air seats.”
Seats from the U.S. market are projected to increase by 9.2 percent during the first quarter with increases from Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Chicago, Dallas and New York. Internationally, the suspension of service from Manila, Fukuoka and Taipei to Honolulu were significant factors in the loss of seats from Asia. However, with new routes from Toronto, Canada and Brisbane, Australia, we expect international air seats to remain steady during the first quarter of the year.
To view the full report, visit HTA’s website.