Available air seats to the Islands are projected to climb 3.8% through May, June and July when compared with the same period last year.

According to an April 27 report conducted by Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, a total of nearly 2.4 million available seats are expected to arrive on nonstop flights to the state during the three-month period.

More than 1.7 million of those are forecast to arrive from the mainland US., where seats from the U.S. West and U.S. East are expected to climb 5.7% and 1.6%, respectively.

The DBEDT is projecting big gains in cities such as Oakland, Calif., up 100.6%; San Diego, up 83.3%; and Chicago, up 32.4%.

Declines, however, are expected in Minneapolis, off 42.7%; Salt Lake City, down 48%; and Houston, off 27.7%.

Available seats on international, nonstop flights to Hawaii are forecast to remain essentially flat, inching up just .2%. Those from Japan are likely to climb 3.5%, while seats from Canada are projected to jump 15.9% year over year.

A 24.7% decline in seats was forecast for flights arriving from Seoul, South Korea.

The DBEDT report is based on information in the Official Airline Guide flight schedules as of April.

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