Available air seats on nonstop flights to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland are expected to decline 3.4% through the fourth quarter of this year, according to a recent report from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).



In an Air Seat Capacity Outlook released earlier this month, the HTA forecast a 3.1% drop in air seats on flights to the Islands originating from U.S. states west of the Rockies during the three-month period ending Dec. 31.

Available seats on nonstop flights headed to Hawaii from cities east of the Rockies are likely to be off by 5.7% year over year.

Although the HTA is predicting increases in capacity from Chicago, up 11.2%, and Houston, up 20.5%, those gains are expected to be offset by a plunge of 71.5% from Washington and a 19.6% decline from New York.

Total air seats to the destination are forecast to improve slightly, however, in the fourth quarter, climbing 1.4% overall, thanks in part to an 11.4% boost from Japan and a 37.1% surge from Oceania.
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