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Airlines are expected to set a third-quarter record this year for capacity into Hawaii as visitor numbers to the state continue to surge.
According to data released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, between July and September, scheduled nonstop seats to the state are forecast to exceed the previous record set five years ago, local media in Honolulu reported.
Reflecting an increase of 12.6 per cent over the same period in 2011, and a 2.6 per cent increase over the record setting three-month stretch in 2007, nearly 2.7 million seats are predicted to land in Hawaii during Q3.
Among the carriers to have boosted capacity to the Aloha State this year are Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Allegiant Air, whose first flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu landed just days ago.
Capacity from the US East Coast and US West Coast, Hawaiis number one source market, is anticipated to rise by 25 per cent and 8.8 per cent respectively, while overall capacity from the States is predicted to rise by 10.4 per cent.
Internationally, South Korea, China and Japan are expected to show gains of 55 per cent, 48 per cent and 15.4 per cent respectively, while seats from Australia and New Zealand are anticipated to grow by 29.4 per cent.
International seat numbers are forecast to rise 18.1 per cent in total.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H