Hawaii air capacity expected to drop 2% this fall

According to a report released by Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, scheduled seats on direct flights to the state are expected to decrease 2.1% in September, October and November compared with the same three months a year earlier.

More than 1.9 million available air seats are scheduled on nonstop flights to Hawaii during the three-month period; 1.3 million of those are expected on flights from the U.S. mainland, a 3.6% decline from 2008.

Flights from the West Coast will likely carry 2.4% fewer seats, while those from the East Coast will be down more than 10%.

The largest declines in the West Coast markets were predicted for Salt Lake City and San Jose, Calif., where available seats were expected to plunge 33.2% and 29.7%, respectively.

Air seats from Los Angeles will likely slip 3.1%, while those on flights from San Diego will fall 5.9%.

Seats on flights from Portland, however, are expected to climb 9.1%, and those from Las Vegas should jump 16.1%.

International flights will carry 1.5% more seats when compared with last year’s totals. Seats on flights from South Korea will increase 38.2%, and those from Japan will climb 4.5%.

Australia/New Zealand totals are expected to sink 14.5%. Canada will likely drop 6.1%.

The DBEDT report is based on information in the Official Airline Guide's flight schedules.

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