Hawaii Hawaii may set new air seat record in 2016 By Shane Nelson / October 21, 2016 Share 1 -- The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) expects air seats to the Islands to remain essentially unchanged year over year during the fourth quarter, but total gains throughout 2016 will likely boost the Aloha State to a new annual air seat record. The HTA is projecting the Aloha State will see more than 11.9 million scheduled nonstop air seats to the Hawaiian Islands in 2016, an increase of 0.9% year over year and a new all-time high. In the fourth quarter, meanwhile, lift to Hawaii is expected to remain essentially unchanged from the same three-month period a year prior, climbing less than a percentage point, to 2.9 million seats overall. 1.9 million of those seats are forecast to arrive from the U.S. mainland, an increase of 0.4%. While fourth-quarter airlift from Hawaii's largest source market, U.S. states west of the Rockies, is expected to be flat, air seats from the U.S. East are projected to grow by 3.8%, bolstered by improvement from Minneapolis (up 43%), Washington, D.C. (up 22%) and New York's JFK Airport (up 6.7%).