Fewer Hawaii airline seats set for spring


The number of seats on flights to Hawaii is declining compared to a year ago.

The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said Monday that airline capacity will drop 0.9 percent to 2,513,256 seats in the current three-month period, February through April, compared to the same period a year ago.

Airlines departing from cities on the U.S. Mainland are expected to increase seating capacity by 3.7 percent, led by double-digit growth from planes originating in Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Oakland, Las Vegas, San Diego and Seattle.

But seats on planes traveling to Hawaii from international locations will drop 12.4 percent.

The largest seat declines will be on flights from Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; Vancouver, Canada; and Sydney, Australia.

In Hawaii, planes traveling to Lihue, Kauai; Kahului, Maui; and Kona on the Big Island will offer more seats.

But flights to Honolulu will have 3.3 percent fewer available seats, while flights to Hilo on the Big Island will fall by over 10 percent.