Confidence in Hawaii as a travel destination is perhaps best reflected by air carriers wanting to add new flights to the islands.
Consumer travel demand for Hawaii drives added air access, which, in turn, strengthens the economy and, ultimately, benefits communities and residents statewide.
It’s a winning formula for Hawaii driven by tourism’s success, but one that also gives residents more travel choices when flying abroad to the U.S. mainland and internationally.
This year, Hawaii’s winning formula will be most evident in mid-December when, over a one-week period, four airlines either launch new flights to the Islands or greatly expand existing service.
The new wave of air access begins December 14, with Virgin America launching nonstop daily flights between San Francisco and Kona.
Five days later, on December 19, Honolulu welcomes the inaugural flight of air carrier Scoot from Singapore, which will include a stopover in Osaka, Japan, as part of the route. Hawaii is Scoot’s first U.S. destination, with flights being offered four days weekly.
The following day, December 20, United Airlines will begin expanding its capacity to Hawaii by 20 percent overall, adding more nonstop flights to the neighbor islands from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Denver.
Finally, on December 21, Delta Air Lines begins nonstop daily service from Seattle to Lihue.
Altogether, the added flights are both a great finish to 2017 and a springboard to further strengthen Hawaii tourism as 2018 begins.