Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: July 30, 2001

AMERICAN AIRLINES is adding three new flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Maui and Kona on the Big Island this fall using 757 aircraft. On Sept. 5, American will start one daily flight from Los Angeles to Kona, taking over a TWA flight that will be discontinued Sept. 4 as part of the American-TWA consolidation. On Oct. 1, American will launch a third daily flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, and on Nov. 1 it will add a second daily flight from Los Angeles to Maui. With the new flights, American will have 12 departures daily from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii.

ANOTHER LIFT IN LIFT: United Airlines is adding a fourth daily flight from Los Angeles to Maui starting Dec. 15 using a 757 aircraft on the route. "You might think 'Dec. 15, that's just for the holidays,' but this will be a year-round addition," said a United spokesman. "Business travel is down but for us, leisure remains strong."

THE AVERAGE nightly price of hotel and condominium units continued to rise in Hawaii during the first six months of the year despite a decline in business, according to PKF Hawaii. The average rate for condos and hotels was $161 during the first six months of the year, up from an average price of $153 last year. Hotels are raising rates as more and more of their rooms are remaining empty. The statewide occupancy rate for hotels and condos was 76.4% in the first six months of the year, down from a figure of 78.5% in the same period last year.

FLICKS PICK: The Hawaii International Film Festival, set for Nov. 2 through Nov. 11, received a $50,000 grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The HTA said the festival helps bring in more visitors during the slow fall tourist season. Nearly 4,000 of the 55,000 attendees of last year's festival were tourists.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE said it will bring $91.8 million a year to Hawaii's economy after it starts its new inter-island cruises on the Norwegian Star Dec. 16. Of that figure, cruise passengers will spend $6.4 million a year on shore excursions and $32.6 million on pre- and post-cruise stays, according to NCL.

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