Delta, Aloha boost Hawaii service

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HONOLULU -- Two airlines -- Delta and Aloha -- separately took steps to expand service to Hawaii.

In a move that will help lure travelers from the eastern U.S., Delta will introduce nonstop service between Atlanta and Honolulu, and is selling roundtrip fares for $562 until June 2, for travel before Nov. 15.

The new flights, which will begin Aug. 1, depart Atlanta at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 3:15 p.m. The return trip leaves Honolulu at 5:45 p.m. and arrives in Atlanta at 8:35 a.m.

Aloha, meanwhile, took steps to enhance service between two western states and three of Hawaii's major islands in its ongoing efforts to provide service to smaller airports and the niche market that prefers them.

Beginning June 20, Aloha will offer nonstop service between Oakland, Calif., and Lihue, Kauai, four times per week. Nonstop flights between Oakland and Kona on the Big Island will run daily.

New service between Reno, Nev., and Honolulu via Orange County, Calif. -- still pending final government approval -- begins July 2.

Introductory fares between these cities and Hawaii run about $399 roundtrip.

The carrier also has last-minute deals from the West Coast to Hawaii for $318 round trip, for travel 3-10 days from the booking date.

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