Hawaii air capacity to drop 13% this summer


A report by Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism says there will be a 13% drop in available airline seats on flights to Hawaii this summer.

About 2.26 million seats will be available from May to July, 389,000 fewer than in the same period in 2007.

According to the report, there will be a 15% reduction in seats from the West Coast, which is Hawaii's largest market for visitors.

Drilling down into specific markets, there will be a 41% drop in capacity on flights from Las Vegas, a 51% drop from Sacramento and a 7% drop from Los Angeles. More than one-third of mainland visitors use Los Angeles International to fly to Hawaii.

On the up side, there will be a 20% and 27% increase in airline seats from Denver and Seattle, respectively.

International capacity is expected to decline 14%, including a 21% drop from Japan, Hawaii's largest international market.

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