New routes offer more island options

Hawaiian Airlines has introduced several new regional services, opening up additional travel options beyond Honolulu.

The carrier’s regional division, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian, last month introduced twice-daily flights between Honolulu and Kapalua Airport in West Maui, as well as a daily flight between Kapalua and Kahului on the same island. Operated by a 48-seat ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, the flights were introduced on the 30th anniversary of Hawaiian’s first services to the destination at the time of the Kapalua Airport’s opening in 1987.

“The new routes to Kapalua serviced by ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will bring increased air travel choices to the Valley Isle,” said Ford Fuchigami, director of the State Department of Transportation.

Hawaiian Airlines has also introduced a daily non-stop service between Kauai and Hawaii Island. The flights are operated by a Boeing 717 aircraft between Kaua’i’s L’hu’e Airport and Kona International Airport.

“Demand from our kama’ina (locals) and visitors for travel between Hawai’i Island and Kaua’i has been growing steadily over the past few years,” said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines. “We are proud to now offer our guests direct access between these islands, in addition to our connecting flights through Honolulu or Maui.”

Meanwhile, Hawaiian Airlines has been named the world’s most punctual airline by air travel data company OAG in its latest, annual rankings. The OAG Punctuality League, covering 200 airlines worldwide, found 89.9% of Hawaiian’s flights arrived on time in 2016.