-- New Service to Lihue and Kona Begins in Summer 2014 --
OAKLAND, CA – August 1, 2013 – Hawaiian Airlines announced today an expansion of flights at Oakland International Airport making it the only mainland city with nonstop service to the four main islands of Hawaii. Beginning January 6, 2014, service to O'ahu will increase by 75% with the current four weekly flights increasing to daily service. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines will start new annual summer service between Oakland and Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i three times a week, and Oakland and Kona, Hawai‘i Island four times a week starting in 2014 from June 14 to August 15, adding a total of 18,200 seats to both island travel markets over 10 weeks of service. The popular daily service between Oakland and Kahului, Maui will continue as currently scheduled.
“The additional flights to Lihue and Kona represent a nexus between Hawaiian Airlines’ growing network in Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, and the convenience and central location of OAK in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland which owns and operates OAK. “Travelers will experience our shared commitment to customer service excellence with the Aloha Spirit on these flights from OAK, the historical gateway from the mainland to the Hawaiian Islands.”
“We want to give travelers in the greater Bay Area even more reason to start dreaming about getting away to our beautiful islands and all there is to enjoy,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “We are also pleased to support Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island’s visitor industries during peak summer season starting next year and also offer our island residents convenient, direct service to the Bay Area.”
“Hawaiian Airlines’ new annual summer service between Oakland and both Kona and Lihu‘e, coupled with increased daily service to Honolulu and continued daily service to Kahului, will provide visitors from the greater Bay Area the opportunity to visit all of the main Hawaiian Islands,” said David Uchiyama, Vice President - Brand Management, for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. "The Port of Oakland has been working really hard to help us to connect Northern California to Hawai‘i and these increases in service will add a significant number of seats from this important market".
The new expanded schedule and service allows Bay Area travelers the option of a dual-destination vacation with a free stopover in O‘ahu before continuing on to Hawaiian Airlines’ South Pacific gateways, such as Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane. South Pacific travelers can also connect in Honolulu to enjoy a few nights in the islands before heading to the San Francisco Bay Area via OAK, the convenient, centrally located gateway to all the Bay Area has to offer.
The first Transpacific flights from the mainland to Hawaii took place from OAK in 1927. OAK continues to be a major transportation gateway to the Hawaiian Islands for both passengers and air cargo.
See attached Fact Sheet for specific flight information.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.
Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approval. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines).
About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port's jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.