Hawaiian Airlines has announced plans to boost seasonal service between Los Angeles Airport and both Kauai and Maui over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

The carrier currently flies peak summer season service four times a week between LAX and the Lihue Airport on Kauai, but Hawaiian will increase that to five flights a week from Dec. 18 through Jan. 4.

Then on Jan. 8, Hawaiian plans to begin operating three flights a week between Lihue and Los Angeles, marking the first time the airline has offered nonstop segments connecting the two destinations outside a seasonal service schedule.

“Again this year we are pleased to offer additional service over the peak holiday season to address strong demand for travel to Hawaii,” Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said in a statement. “We are also pleased to follow on the success of our summer flights between Los Angeles and Lihue by extending these direct flights beyond the routine seasonal service.”  

Hawaiian will also add another four-times-a-week flight to its current daily service between Maui’s Kahului Airport and LAX starting Dec. 17 and running through Jan. 3, adding nearly 20,000 nonstop air seats during the holiday period.   

The carrier plans use a widebody Airbus A330-200, seating 294 passengers, on the additional Maui-LAX flights. Hawaiian said it will operate a widebody Boeing 767-300ER, seating 264 passengers, on the additional Kauai-LAX service.  

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