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Hawaiian Airlines announced that its adding nonstop service between Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) as well as flights between Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and both Lihue Airport (LIH) and Kona International Airport (KOA). All of these new routes start in May 2024.
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) flights will operate daily using an Airbus A321neo. This is Hawaiian’s first new mainland US route launched since it began Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Ontario International Airport (ONT), and Orlando International Airport flights in December 2020. I doubt that Delta Air Lines will be happy with Hawaiian entering one of its hubs and it will likely retaliate with discounted fares.’
Flights from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) will also utilize an Airbus A321neo. Service to Lihue Airport (LIH) will run 4x weekly while flights to Kona International Airport (KOA) will operate 3x weekly.
Daniel Nāho’opi’i, Hawai’i Tourism Authority’s Interim President and CEO, said:
Hawaiian Airlines’ expanded service is a response to meaningful demand from one of our top 20 U.S. markets, and provides more opportunities for our kamaʻāina to travel and for friends and family members to return to Hawaii. We appreciate Hawaiian Airlines and its longstanding commitment to serving the people of Hawaii and bringing mindful visitors to our state.”
Anthony’s Take: Hawaiian Airlines is adding some new routes, which will be welcome to folks in Sacramento and Salt Lake City. Delta will not be pleased and it will only be a matter of time before we see what measures it takes against Hawaiian entering its hub.
(Image Credits: Bilt and Hawaiian Airlines.)
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