HONOLULU – January 12, 2012 - Hawaiian Airlines is expanding its operations to create a Maui hub that will offer improved connections between The Valley Isle and other points within the Hawaiian Islands as well as flights to and from the West Coast, the airline announced today.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, commented, “This investment in our core business here in Hawaii will increase service between Maui and other neighbor islands by 25 percent, and answer a need identified by our kama‘aina travelers. We appreciate the support of our state lawmakers, the Department of Transportation, and Maui County in helping us to move this project forward to the benefit of Hawaii’s air travelers.”
Hawaiian is increasing its daily neighbor island schedule by an additional 23 to 25 flights over the next several weeks. More than half of the added flights will serve the new Maui hub with one-third providing additional nonstop service between Maui and both Hawaii Island and Kauai. Hawaiian is supporting the expanded flight schedule with the three Boeing 717-200 jets that it recently acquired.
In addition, Hawaiian is reintroducing nonstop service to Maui from Los Angeles in June, which will bring to five the number of U.S. mainland gateway cities that Hawaiian is providing nonstop service to Maui, along with Seattle, Las Vegas, Oakland, and San José.
Hawaiian is also retiming the arrival of its twice-weekly nonstop flights to Maui from Las Vegas in order to accommodate neighbor island flight connections. It is also adjusting other neighbor island flight schedules to increase connectivity with its nonstop mainland services to and from Maui.
The new Maui hub recognizes Maui’s growth as a visitor destination and its development as a transit point for neighbor island and mainland travel, factors supported by Hawaiian.
Maui state lawmakers expressed their appreciation for the initiatives being taken by Hawaiian to boost its neighbor island service and the associated benefits to the community.
“Hawaiian’s expansion plan for Kahului Airport is good news for neighbor island residents and will make air travel between our islands easier while also increasing opportunities to showcase Maui as a visitor destination,” said State Senator J. Kalani English (Senate District 6-Maui), chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs.
“It’s nice to see a local company growing, hiring and adding services in our community,” said State Senator Rosalyn Baker (Senate District 5-Maui), chair of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee.
“I support Hawaiian’s new concept of a Maui hub. It will help satisfy the air transportation needs of our growing population and increased visitor arrivals on Maui, plus it adds more of a focus on the neighbor islands and the importance of their role in our state’s economy,” said State Representative
Joseph Souki (House District 8-Maui), chair of the House Committee on Transportation.
Increased Neighbor Island Service
Hawaiian is in the process of increasing its neighbor island service statewide to 180 flights daily from 157 flights on peak travel days, and to 168 flights from 143 flights on off-peak travel days giving residents and visitors more schedule options for flying between the islands.
Daily service to Maui will increase to 36 roundtrip flights from 29 roundtrip flights on peak travel days and to 34 roundtrip flights from 27 roundtrip flights on off-peak travel days.
Hawaiian is also adding daily flights between Honolulu and Kauai, Hilo and Kona to boost its service during busy periods of the day.
More Flights Connecting Maui with Kauai, Hawaii Island
As part of its expanded neighbor island schedule, on March 11 Hawaiian is introducing daily nonstop roundtrip flights between Maui and Kauai, and adding flights between Maui and Hilo and Kona on Hawaii Island, offering new options for neighbor island commuters and to eliminate stopovers in Honolulu.
Under the new schedule, Hawaiian will offer two daily roundtrip flights between Maui and Kauai, one each in the morning and afternoon. Previously, only a one-way flight from Kauai to Maui was offered.
For its Maui-Hawaii Island service, Hawaiian will increase to two daily roundtrip flights between Maui and Hilo and to three daily roundtrip flights between Maui and Kona, adding one more flight daily to each route. The added Maui-Hilo flight will be offered in the early evening, providing morning and evening flights for day trips, while the added Maui-Kona service will result in roundtrip flights being offered in the morning, mid-day, and afternoon.
New Los Angeles-Maui Flights
From June 21 through August 18, Hawaiian will offer daily, nonstop service between Los Angeles and Maui, giving travelers from southern California more schedule choices for visiting Maui and making flight connections to other islands.
Hawaiian Flight #33 will depart Los Angeles International Airport daily at 9:40 a.m. and arrive at Maui’s Kahului Airport at 12:15 p.m. The return Flight #34 will depart Maui daily at 1:45 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:05 p.m.
Hawaiian will operate the Los Angeles-Maui flights using its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft seating up to 264 passengers, with 18 seats in first class and the remainder in economy class.
New Las Vegas-Maui Schedule
To give neighbor island travelers more options for Las Vegas travel, Hawaiian is adjusting the schedule of its twice-weekly flight from Las Vegas to Maui to a morning arrival time instead of the evening arrival currently in place. The change will allow residents of Hawaii Island to make flight connections on Hawaiian’s new nonstop flights to Hilo and Kona.
Details of the schedule change are being finalized and will be announced soon.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study for 2008 and 2009.
Now in its 83rd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
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