SunTrips adds L.A.-Hawaii packages

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LOS ANGELES -- SunTrips, based in San Jose, Calif., moved into the Southern California market, offering air and land packages to Hawaii.

In April, SunTrips began offering six flights a week from Los Angeles to Honolulu, with stops once each week on Maui, the Big Island (Kona) and Kauai.

Seasonal summer service, from June 1 through Aug. 23, will increase the number of flights to Hawaii out of Los Angeles to 12 per week.

Its sister company -- Sunquest -- serviced the market for four years until the firm was disbanded last August.

Airtours purchased SunTrips, which has been in business for 23 years, in 1997 and then opened Sunquest.

Airtours and its North American Leisure Group operated Sunquest until it was shut down.

Sunquest was eliminated as a brand because business was not going well, according to SunTrips president Bryan Murphy.

Eliminating Sunquest "was what I did on my second day on the job," he added.

"SunTrips is who we are. I brought everything under one umbrella. It was nuts the way things were. We were duplicating everything.

"Now we're all under one roof."

In addition to its new Los Angeles service, through Oct. 28,

SunTrips offers 13 flights from San Francisco to Hawaii seven days per week, with stops in Honolulu, Maui, Kona and Kauai.

From Oct. 29 through Dec. 31, the flights will be offered seven times a week.

For more information, call SunTrips at (800) 786-8747 or visit the Web site at www.suntrips.com.

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