Business / In Brief • July 10, 2013

Allegiant Air to offer flights between Honolulu-Los Angeles

HONOLULU – Allegiant Air, which has cut back some of its Hawaii service, announced Tuesday it will be offering flights between Honolulu and Los Angeles starting in October.

The flights will operate twice a week starting Oct. 30 between Honolulu International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

The Las Vegas-based budget carrier began flying to Honolulu in 2012 with flights from Las Vegas and Fresno, Calif. The airline had previously said it would suspend routes to Honolulu beginning in August from seven cities. Then recently, the airline announced that the Boise, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash., flights will be reinstated for the holiday season, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Nonstop service continues between Las Vegas and Honolulu, and from Bellingham, Wash., to both Maui and Honolulu. The airline’s business model has been to connect small towns with leisure destinations.

The Honolulu-Los Angeles flights will provide an estimated $26 million in visitor spending and $3 million in tax revenue annually for the Aloha State, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said.

“We congratulate Allegiant on the launch of their nonstop service that will provide Angelenos with more low-cost choices to Honolulu,” Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said in Allegiant’s news release.

The airline is part of Allegiant Travel Co.

Introductory one-way fares starting at $99 are being offered. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday for travel by Feb. 13.


Commissaries, clinics and a beach feel budget cutbacks

HONOLULU – The effects of Defense Department cutbacks are starting to be felt in Hawaii.

KHON-TV reports a hospital, clinics, commissaries and a beach are affected by furloughs that began Monday because of budget cuts known as sequestration.

Congress approved $1.2 trillion in government cuts through 2021 unless alternatives were approved by March 1 and members could not agree on alternatives.

Shoppers Monday who showed up at the Pearl Harbor Commissary were turned away. Commissaries at Schofield, Hickam, and Kaneohe also are closed Mondays

The furloughs will affect 650,000 civilian defense workers.

That includes 14,000 commissary workers who are losing 20 percent of their pay.

Tripler Army Medical Center is reducing appointments and staff and Hickam Beach’s lifeguard hours have been reduced.


Oahu home median sales price nears all-time 2007 peak

HONOLULU- The Honolulu Board of Realtors says the median sales price for a single- family home on Oahu is near the all-time high marked in June 2007.

The organization said Monday single-family homes on Oahu sold for a median price of $677,250 in June. That’s about 1 percent below the market’s peak price of $685,000 from June 2007.

It’s also more than 9 percent higher than the same month last year.

The number of homes sold also climbed more than 10 percent from last June last year to 308.

The organization says the median price of a condominium rose 11 percent from last year to $330,000. The number of condos sold surged 15 percent to 392.