The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) expects a recent trend of increased air seats on domestic nonstop flights to the Aloha State to continue through March.

HTA officials are forecasting more than 2 million nonstop air seats on domestic flights to the Hawaiian Islands in the first quarter, a 4.2% increase over the same three-month period last year.

Airlift from Hawaii’s largest source market, U.S. states west of the Rockies, is expected to increase by 3.7%, while seats from the U.S. East are likely to jump more than 8%, according to HTA estimates.

Meanwhile, available seats arriving on nonstops from international destinations are expected to decline slightly, dropping just over 1% year over year in the first quarter.

Foreign airlift will likely be hampered by a 6.3% decrease in available air seats on nonstop flights to the islands from Japan, Hawaii’s largest foreign market.

First-quarter lift from Canada is expected to rise, however, climbing more than 7%.
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