HONOLULU (AP) - An airline that connects small cities with leisure destinations will begin nonstop flights from the Mainland to Honolulu in June.
Flights from Las Vegas - a popular destination for Hawaii travelers - will begin June 29 and flights from Fresno, Calif., will begin June 30, Allegiant Air announced Tuesday. The airline is offering introductory one-way fares of $174, which must be purchased by April 30 for travel by Nov. 13.
Last year, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co. received federal certification to fly a bigger plane, which company officials said was a step toward providing service to Hawaii. The Hawaii Tourism Authority has said Allegiant's Hawaii service would help cultivate first-time travelers to the islands.
"The announcement of service to Hawaii is a great achievement for Allegiant," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant president. "Service to Las Vegas and Fresno reflects a moderate growth plan by our company. With the addition of four aircraft we have acquisitioned, we plan to expand service to other Mainland cities in the future."
The company also offers travel package options that include air, hotels, rental cars and attractions.
Another carrier entering the Hawaii market is welcome news for the state's tourism authority, which estimates the flights will provide $29.8 million in visitor expenditures and $3.25 million in tax revenue.
"Allegiant's entrance into Hawaii will bring attention to our market as we head into the summer booking period," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. "The HTA anticipates that Allegiant's announcement will also help to stimulate airfare repositioning and attract incremental visitors and visitor spending for the Hawaiian Islands.