Hawaiian has 49 routes and serves 31 airports; international capacity down by 22%

HA HNL-RAR launch

Hawaiian is the tenth-largest US carrier by available seat kilometres (ASKs) in Q2 2024 (April-June). According to Planespotters.net, it has 63 aircraft: 25 A330s (including one freighter), 19 Boeing 717s, 18 A321neos – and the first of 12 787-9s for which it has firm orders. It is due to enter service from Honolulu to San Francisco on 15 April.

31 airports in Q2

Some 22 of its airports are in the US, with 11 states/territories linked. Salt Lake City will join its network for the first time on 16 May, with a daily A321neo service from Honolulu. Further back, Ontario flights started in 2021. However, using Cirium to examine Hawaiian’s portfolio since 2019 shows that Kapalua, Lanai, Orlando MCO, and Molokai are no longer served.

Honolulu accounts for 38% of Hawaiian’s departing ASKs. It serves five airports in Hawaii – fewer than in California (eight). Only three of the five make the carrier’s top 10 airports list due to using a distance-related measure. Kona is 15th (it is primarily intra-state) and Hilo is 26th (exclusively intra-state).

Nine airports are international: Auckland, Fukuoka, Osaka KIX, Papeete, Rarotonga, Seoul ICN, Sydney, Tokyo HND and Tokyo NRT. Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, was connected to Honolulu, 4,710 kilometers away, on 21 May 2023. The A321neo was used. However, flights to Brisbane and Sapporo ended in 2020.

Top 10 Hawaiian Airlines airports Q2 2024

88% of capacity is domestic; slow recovery internationally

Analysing Cirium data shows that Hawaiian’s intra-Hawaii capacity has risen by 10% and the mainland by 15%. Alongside the above-mentioned Honolulu-Salt Lake City, it has been helped by coming launch of Kona-Sacramento on 25 May (3-weekly) and the start of Lihue-Sacramento the next day (4-weekly).

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International capacity remains down by 22%, despite the launch of Cook Islands flights. South Korea and French Polynesia have recovered, but it is mainly because of New Zealand (-98%), Australia (-49%) and by far its biggest market, Japan (-8%). China was last served in 2018.

Hawaii Airlines Network 2024

Honolulu-Los Angeles is #1 by ASKs

As always, the way something is measured directly influences the results. This applies to airlines, too. By using ASKs and not flights or seats, the extremely busy short intra-state routes – with low-capacity 717s – do not feature. Perhaps it is more interesting this way.

Hawaiian has 49 routes in Q2: 40 domestic – including the USA’s longest domestic market, Honolulu-Boston – and nine international. The lack of international routes is not helped by the end of Kona-Tokyo NRT on 31 March, its only non-Honolulu international service.

Naturally, most routes (30) are from Honolulu, with all of the carrier’s top 10 – by ASKs – from the airport. Los Angeles is first. Hawaiian is one of six carriers, has a quarter of the available capacity and ranks second behind United. The six airlines have 113-weekly flights in May: United has 27, Hawaiian 23, Delta 21, American 21, Southwest 14 and Alaska Airlines 7.

Top 10 Hawaiian Airlines routes Q2 2024

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