The continued increase in airlift is more good news for the Hawaii visitor industry. Please note the article below.
Jul 15, 2015, 1:00pm HST
Hawaii’s tourism industry is on pace to have another record-breaking year and it’s being facilitated by growth in airlift to Hawaii.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is forecasting 4.9 percent year-over-year growth in scheduled nonstop air seats in the third quarter and a 6.6 percent increase for the first three quarters of the year.
“Access to and from the Hawaiian Islands is essential to the sustainability of our visitor industry and we are pleased that we will continue to see growth in air seats through the third quarter of this year,” said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the HTA. “We will continue to work closely with our market contractors to ensure there is sufficient demand for travel to Hawaii to support these additional air seats.”
All markets are forecasted to grow airlift to Hawaii in the third quarter except for Asia market, excluding Japan.
Scheduled nonstop air seats from the domestic market are expected to grow 5 percent to 2,117,557 from 2,017,260. Air seats from U.S. East is forecasted to rise 7.2 percent to 242,040 from 225,752, while air seats from the U.S. West will gain 4.7 percent to 1,875,517 from 1,791,508.
Air seats from international markets are forecasted to grow 4.8 percent to 907,543 from 866,142. Airlift from Canada will expand 30 percent to 57,776 air seats from 44,431. Oceania air seats will rise 13.2 percent to 127,067 from 112,225. Airlift from Japan will be 3 percent higher at 518,465 air seats, from 503,607.
Airlift from other Asian countries, including China, Korea and Taiwan, will drop 6.2 percent to 129,214 air seats from 137,785. The HTA said that the market has grown consecutively over the past six years, but will see scheduled air seats from Shanghai drop 5.3 percent and flights from Seoul drop 13.3 percent in the quarter.
Airlift from all other markets is predicted to rise 10.2 percent to 75,021 fro 68,094 air seats.