In the face of increased competition and an improved outlook, Hawaiian Airlines is adding 21 flights to its schedule between Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. The flights will be between Honolulu and Seattle and Sacramento, and Maui to Portland and Seattle.
The state’s largest airline said it will add 21 round-trip flights a week to the Mainland starting this fall, increasing the total weekly round-trip flights to 116.
The airline also plans to recall 22 furloughed pilots and hire 100 new flight attendants to staff the new flights.
“This expansion allows us to bring back more of our furloughed employees, which is an important goal,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and chief executive officer.
The move comes as Hawaiian has faced increased competition on its Mainland routes from large U.S. carriers. Last year, US Airways began flights to Maui from Phoenix, and Delta Air Lines added an Atlanta-to-Honolulu route. via USATODAY.com