Hawai­ian to be­gin di­rect Kona-to-Kauai flight

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - LOCAL -

KAILUA-KONA — Hawai­ian Air­lines, Hawaii’s flag­ship car­rier, an­nounced Thurs­day it will launch once daily non-stop ser­vice be­tween Kauai and Kailua-Kona.

It will be the first time in the air­line’s his­tory that it will con­nect Li­hue Air­port (LIH) and Kona In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KOA) with a di­rect flight.

“De­mand from our ka­maaina and vis­i­tors for travel be­tween Hawaii Is­land and Kauai has been growing steadily over the past few years,” said Peter In­gram, chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer for Hawai­ian Air­lines in a press re­lease.

“We are proud to now of­fer our guests di­rect ac­cess be­tween th­ese is­lands, in ad­di­tion to our con­nect­ing flights through Honolulu or Maui. This gives trav­el­ers greater flex­i­bil­ity and con­ve­nience when trav­el­ing through the Hawai­ian Is­lands.”

The new leg starts Sun­day, March 12. Kona de­par­tures leave at 9:38 a.m. daily and ar­rive at 10:36 a.m. on the Gar­den Isle.

The Li­hue-to-Kona leg leaves at 3:44 p.m. and ar­rives at 4:44 p.m.

”Kauai and Hawaii Is­land have al­ways had a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship as is­lands at ei­ther end of our beau­ti­ful chain,” Kirstin Ka­haloa, Kona-Ko­hala Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent, said.

“Any­thing that makes it eas­ier for our lo­cal fam­i­lies to travel with­out stop­ping in Honolulu, and makes it more con­ve­nient for vis­i­tors to see more of Hawaii, is a pos­i­tive devel­op­ment.”

The 263-mile flight be­comes Hawai­ian’s long­est Neigh­bor Is­land route, best­ing its flights be­tween Hilo (ITO) and Honolulu In­ter­na­tional Air­port (HNL) on Oahu by nearly 60 miles.

“Trav­el­ing be­tween Li­hue and Kona has al­ways re­quired a stop in Honolulu,” said Mark Per­riello, Kauai Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent.

“A di­rect flight will cut down on travel time and cost for ka­maaina and vis­i­tors alike.”

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