HONOLULU -- It's unlikely Hawaii will see any immediate changes
from United's bankruptcy filing, but the visitor industry will
watch closely for possible reductions to flights to the islands.
"It's very difficult to know at this point what, if any, impact
it's going to have on Hawaii," said David Preece, vice president
for North America at the Hawaii Visitors & Convention
"The only consolation that we have is that in the aftermath of
9/11, [United] worked very hard to maintain its routes to Hawaii
because the relative yield was strong compared with other
Preece said the visitor industry hopes that if significant
changes do occur, United will decide the Hawaii routes are worth
If not, "hopefully other carriers serving Hawaii would be able
to pick up the slack," said Murray Towill, president of the Hawaii
"We're all going to keep an eye out," he said.
United is Hawaii's largest U.S. carrier. Because it controls
about 20% of the market, any cuts could have a devastating effect
on the state's $10 billion tourism industry.
Whether United will move ahead with its scheduled increase in
nonstop flights between Denver and Honolulu is not clear.