There are 65 non-stop routes from Hawaii to the US mainland next week, with 151 daily departures. Across the whole summer, over two million extra seats have been added. Some 17 states are now served, with Florida and North Carolina joining the map. California has added over a million seats, with San Diego the best-performing airport.
The route map between Hawaii and the US mainland next week is summarized in the table below. There are 1,058 departures, equivalent to 151 each day. An extra 118 weekly departures have been added versus the same week in 2019.
The ubiquitous B737-800 is the most-used aircraft, although the A330-200 is only very marginally behind thanks to Hawaiian. Widebodies are more commonly used than before. They have three in ten mainland flights, 89 more this week than two years ago.
|From||To||Weekly non-stop departures (week beginning May 31st, 2021)|
|Honolulu||Dallas Fort Worth||14|
|Kahului||Dallas Fort Worth||14|
|Honolulu||New York JFK||7|
|Honolulu||Salt Lake City||7|
|Kahului||Salt Lake City||7|
|Kona||Dallas Fort Worth||4|
Five Hawaii airports have non-stops: Honolulu (470 weekly departures); Kahului (332); Kona (155); Lihue (96); and Hilo (five). While Honolulu is connected to 28 mainland airports, Hilo retains its one route: to Los Angeles.
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17 mainland states are served
Hawaii has non-stop service to 17 mainland US states this summer. This is up by one over summer 2019 (S19) from Florida and North Carolina being added but Michigan being cut. Delta inaugurated Detroit-Honolulu in June 2019 initially using B767-400ERs, but the route ended in early 2020.
Hawaiian Airlines started Honolulu to Orlando in March this year, with this route now served three-weekly using A330-200s. The carrier says Orlando is performing well so far, with seat load factors comparable to well-established Boston and New York JFK, although this says little of pricing on what is a new and long service.
Meanwhile, American Airlines began Charlotte-Honolulu this month, with the 4,678-mile route served seven-weekly. It uses three-class B777-200ERs, which have more or less completely replaced the A330 at its North Carolina hub.
A record for summer for Hawaii
Hawaii to the US mainland has the most capacity ever this summer. Some 13.77 million round-trip seats are available, up by over one-fifth (21%) in comparison to S19. Travelers can now avoid quarantine on arrival if they follow the Aloha State’s testing procedures and present eligible negative results. This may boost demand further.
At the time of writing, there almost 2.4 million additional seats this summer, including from:
- Five of the seven scheduled operators growing. Predictably, this was hugely about Southwest (+1.70 million), which only launched island service in March 2019. However, American Airlines, Hawaiian, Delta, and Alaska have all grown well
- 69 unique mainland routes, up by nine
- 131 routes (if competition is considered), up by 26, helped by Southwest and Hawaiian’s latest expansion
- 28 US mainland airports served, an increase of three
California has added over one million seats
Some 12 states have grown capacity to/from Hawaii. California has seen the most, with an extra 1.13 million, as shown below.
- California: +1.13 million seats; up by 16%
- Washington: +349,955; +29%
- Arizona: +251,513; 49%
- Nevada: +164,660; 53%
- Utah: +129,570; +161%
Nine California airports are linked non-stop to Hawaii, with Ontario and Orange County now part of the network. San Diego is the biggest winner, with nearly 360,000 extra seats, from Southwest launching Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, and Lihue. San Diego to all four Hawaii airports has grown by between 71% and 119% – massive.
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