A report released by Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism this month predicts available airline seats scheduled for Hawaii between March and May to drop by 6.2% when compared with 2008.

Available seats from the mainland U.S. are projected to fall 6.6%, with the East dropping 17.5% and the West slipping 4.4%.

Seats on flights from some California cities are predicted to slump heavily. San Diego is expected to plunge 58.1%, while Oakland and Sacramento will sink 51.6% and 18.7%, respectively.

U.S. bright spots included Seattle, where available seats are projected to climb 10.5%. And Anchorage totals should be up 61.2%, according to the DBEDT's estimates.

International air seats are projected to fall 5.2%. Japan's totals are predicted be off 2.7% when compared with last year. Canada, however, is expected to sink 25%.

The DBEDT report is based on information in the Official Airline Guide flight schedules for February.

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