Hawaii Hawaii airlift expected to climb through January By Shane Nelson / December 31, 2012 Share 1 -- Available air seats on nonstop flights to Hawaii are projected to jump double digits through January of next year. According to the latest Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) air capacity forecast, total air seats to the Hawaiian Islands will increase 12.2% year over year for the three-month period ending Jan. 31. Airlift from the U.S. East is expected to surge 28% over the same period a year prior, bolstered by the additional capacity from New York and Houston, while seats on nonstop flights from the U.S. West are forecast to climb 10.4%. International air seats are projected to grow by 11.9% thanks to a 10.5% boost from Japan and 20.7% increase from Oceania, while lift from Canada will likely climb 6.5%. The HTA’s most recent available air seat forecast is based on OAG and Diio Mi flight schedules as of October.