The Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) forecasts the continued growth of total scheduled nonstop air seats to Hawai'i in the third quarter of 2012.
Total scheduled seat capacity to the state is expected to climb 12.6 percent during the third quarter between July and September in comparison to the same period last year. This increase is attributed by growth from domestic and most of Hawai'i's major international source markets, including new flights from New York and Washington, D.C., as of June. With the anticipated increase in total air seats, third quarter seat capacity to the state is on track to reach record levels and exceed prior peak 2007 levels by 2.6 percent.
Scheduled seats from Japan are expected to increase 15.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012, mainly due to growth in seats from Osaka (16.3 percent) and Tokyo-Narita (6.2 percent), and recently launched service from Fukuoka by both Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines.
Elsewhere in Asia is expected to continue to be Hawai'i's fastest growing region for scheduled air seats during the July through September period, with anticipated gains from both South Korea (55 percent) and Shanghai (48.3 percent).
Oceania, boosted by gains from both Australia (32.9 percent) and New Zealand (12.4 percent), is the state's second fastest growing region with air seats expected to grow 29.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012