Domestic air seats on nonstop flights to Hawaii are forecast to jump 9.2% during the first three months of 2015.

More than 1.7 million seats are expected on Hawaii flights departing from U.S. states west of the Rockies, a 9.5% increase over the same three-month period in 2014, according to the latest Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Air Seat Outlook.

A 6.6% seat increase is likely from U.S. states east of the Rockies through the end of March.

“We anticipated seeing a bump in airlift to the state this year, particularly from North America, largely due to a redeployment of aircraft from international routes to domestic routes from U.S. carriers,” David Uchiyama, the HTA’s vice president of brand management, said in a statement.   

“While we continue to monitor economic factors like oil prices, it is important that we continue to work collaboratively with our industry partners to ensure there is sufficient demand to sustain this sudden influx of air seats,” he added.

Despite a likely 7% decline in lift from Japan during the first quarter of 2015, the HTA is forecasting the overall number of seats on international flights will remain essentially unchanged over the first three months of the year, bolstered in part by a 14% increase in seats on nonstops arriving from Canada.

Airlift to Hawaii grew 4% in 2014, with nearly 11.2 million air seats on inbound nonstops, according to HTA research. The destination saw a 4.6% increase in domestic seats last year, while international lift grew by 2.6%.



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