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
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.