MIAMI — Virgin America has announced today that it will expand its service to Hawaii with new services from Los Angeles to Honolulu in May, and to Kahului a month later.
These new flights add to the airline’s recently-launched daily service from San Francisco to Honolulu and Kahului. The schedule will allow travelers to connect round-trip from Honolulu and Kahului to New York, Las Vegas and Seattle, and from Maui to Newark, Washington, Boston, San Diego, Dallas and Chicago.
“This new service from LAX not only brings this world class destination to our guests and Elevate members in the Los Angeles area, it opens up a number of roundtrip connecting flights to markets across the country” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush.
Last year, Hawaii registered a new record of 8.6 million visitors. According to George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “The addition of more seats flying direct between Los Angeles and Honolulu and Los Angeles and Kahului will not only expand the availability to more islands, but provide our visitors with another excellent airline option.”
Last November, just a few days after Virgin America launched its Honolulu and Kahului service, Allegiant decided to put its Hawaii flights to an end as of August. The carrier offers to date services to Las Vegas and Los Angeles from Honolulu, both destinations served by Virgin America. The new Virgin America flights come to compete in a market currently led by U.S. legacy carriers and Hawaiian Airlines.
“Since we launched our Hawaii service last year, we’ve seen firsthand why it is one of the most popular leisure destinations among West Coast travelers. The guest response to our new routes has been extremely positive,” said Cush.