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Kahului-Las Vegas flights on Hawaiian to begin Dec. 15

Special fares are being offered through Wednesday

The Maui News

Hawaiian Airlines will be restoring flights between McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Kahului Airport four times a week beginning Dec. 15, the airline announced Monday.

The airline also will be restoring seasonal winter service between Kahului Airport and Los Angeles International Airport from mid-December to early January three times a week. Flight 56 leaves Kahului at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Dec. 14 to Jan. 4 and arrives in Los Angeles the next day at 5 a.m. The return flight, 55, leaves Los Angeles at noon on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Dec. 15 to Jan. 5 and arrives in Kahului at 3:50 p.m.

Peter Ingram, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian, told The Maui News in January 2018 that the receipt of new Airbus A321neo aircraft could “potentially” resurrect direct Las Vegas-to-Kahului flights. Hawaiian had operated flights between Kahului and Las Vegas from October 2010 to October 2012 with Boeing 767s.

A year earlier, Ingram told a Maui group that he wanted to return the flight but that the route suffered from not being on a daily schedule and that the airline struggled to match seat numbers with market capacity.

“We’re thrilled to once again offer the convenience of nonstop flights between the Valley Isle and the ninth island,” Ingram said in Monday’s news release.

The airline will be using its narrow-body Airbus A321neo for both routes. The fuel-efficient aircraft has 16 leather recliners in first class, 44 extra comfort premium economy seats and 129 economy seats.

The Kahului-to-Las Vegas flight, 32, leaves at 8:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrives at 4:30 a.m. the next day. The return flight, 31, departs Las Vegas at 6:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrives at Kahului at 11 a.m.

To celebrate this new route, Hawaiian is offering $199 one-way fares through Wed-nesday at www.hawaiianairlines.com. HawaiianMiles members will receive a 10 percent discount when booking the nonstop Maui-to-Las Vegas flight, the airline said.