Domestic air seats on nonstop flights to Hawaii are expected to surge 13.3% during the second quarter of 2015.

More than 1.8 million seats are forecast on Hawaii flights departing from U.S. states west of the Rockies, a 12.9% increase over the same three-month period in 2014, according to the latest Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Air Seat Outlook.

Meanwhile, a 16.3% seat jump is likely from U.S. states east of the Rockies through the end of June.

The HTA is attributing the healthy growth in air seats to double-digit increases from markets like San Francisco, up 28.6% year over year; Seattle, up 24.2%; Chicago, up 23%; and Atlanta, up 19%.

Available air seats from Japan, Hawaii’s largest international source market, are expected to decrease during the second quarter, however, dropping 5.7%, to more than 478,000.

Total air seats to the Hawaiian Islands are forecast to increase 9%, to more than 2.9 million, by the end of June.   


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