According to a March 30 Airline Seats Capacity report conducted by Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, available seats on nonstop flights to the state will increase 5.1% through April, May and June when compared with the same period last year.

It is the fifth report in a row to predict an overall air seat increase to the state.

DBEDT projected more than 2.3 million total seats on nonstop flights to Hawaii over the next three months, and 1.7 million of those are forecast to arrive from the U.S. mainland, climbing 6.1% from the same period in 2009.

Available seats on flights from the U.S. West will likely rise 6.2%, while those from the U.S. East should be up 5.6%.

From California, a major jump was forecast for Oakland, where seats will likely grow by 68.6%. Sacramento should also see a significant increase, climbing 54.9%.

Available seats on nonstop Chicago flights were projected to be up 31%.

Significant drops were predicted for Salt Lake City, down 49.5%; Atlanta, off 35.6%; and Minneapolis, dropping 38%.

The DBEDT expects a 2.4% year-over-year increase in available seats on international, nonstop flights to Hawaii. Japan seats will inch up .8%, while those from Canada are projected to jump 37.6%.

The DBEDT report is based on information in the Official Airline Guide flight schedules as of March.

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