Courtesy of Staff, Pacific Business News
Total nonstop air seat capacity to Hawaii is forecast to grow 6.8 percent in 2013 from last year, and total scheduled capacity is expected to exceed 10.7 million seats, which would be a new record, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said Friday.
Total air seats from the Mainland to the Islands are expected to reach 7.1 million, the highest level since 2007, while international seats are projected to reach 3.6 million, their highest point since 2000, based on flights appearing in the OAG and Diio airline schedules as of last month, the HTA said.
Total seat capacity from the East Coast, Japan, Other Asia and Oceania markets are forecast to grow in the double digits, with Japan adding more seats than any other market.
Total air seats from Japan are expected to jump 14.5 percent to more than 2.1 million, driven by an increase in service by carriers flying from Tokyo and Osaka, including Korean Air’s flights from Tokyo-Narita launching next month. The last time the total seat count from Japan exceeded the 2 million mark was in 2001, the HTA said.
Australia and New Zealand, which make up the Oceania market, are the fastest-growing market to Hawaii, with air seats projected to grow by 41.5 percent to more than 397,000 in 2013. They will be driven by the launch of new routes, including Hawaiian Airlines’ flights from Auckland, New Zealand, to Honolulu that launch in March.
The Other Asia market, which includes South Korea, China and Taiwan, is expected to see 18.1 percent growth in total air seats this year to nearly 482,000, which would be a 12-year high, the HTA said.
For the Mainland, Hawaii’s single largest market, air seats from East Coast cities are forecast to grow 10.8 percent to nearly 840,000, while West Coast seats are projected to increase 2.4 percent to nearly 6.3 million.
Canada is the only market that is expected to see fewer air seats this year — a projected 2 percent decline to about 357,000.