The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) isn’t forecasting much year-over-year change in the total number of available air seats on nonstop flights between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland over the next three months. 

In its latest Air Seat Outlook, the HTA is calling for a 0.3% increase in total domestic airlift through May, June and July.

Available seats on nonstop flights between the Hawaiian Islands and the destination’s largest visitor source market, U.S. states west of the Rockies, are expected to inch up 1.7% to more than 2 million seats. 

However, airlift from the eastern U.S. will likely plunge nearly 10% year over year through the end of July, with major capacity losses expected from Atlanta, down 21%, and Chicago, off 24.5%. The HTA is expecting just over 236,000 seats from the East in the next three months.

Meanwhile, international airlift to the Hawaiian Islands is expected to grow slightly, inching up about 1% during the three-month stretch despite a projected 4.6% decline in air seats on nonstop flights between the Aloha State and Japan and a 5.7% decrease in airlift between Canada and Hawaii.

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