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Wednesday, October 22, 2003



New York-Hawaii
route added by ATA


Low-cost airline ATA said it will start daily same-plane service from New York's La Guardia Airport to Honolulu on Nov. 20, with stops in Indianapolis and San Francisco. ATA, the subsidiary of ATA Airlines Inc., already flies a daily Newark-San Francisco-Honolulu route so the new service will give Hawaii travelers two New York-area flights a day.

The airline is offering a promotional round-trip La Guardia-Honolulu fare which works out at about $600, including fees and taxes, and possibly less depending on how it is booked. For example, ATA's Web site www.ata.com shows a $570 total for a mid-December round trip and www.travelocity.com has the same trip at $575, including its $5 booking fee as well as taxes and fees.

In its announcement yesterday, ATA listed a higher fare of $271 each way before the extra charges, which usually some to about $60 per round trip. ATA's Travel Awards members who complete five round trips or 10 one-way trips between La Guardia and San Francisco will get a free round trip on the La Guardia-Honolulu route on top of their normal mileage credits.

ATA also said it will increase its Los Angeles-Honolulu flights to 12 a week, from the current seven, starting June 1. The airline earlier announced a new Seattle-Honolulu daily service to start Feb. 20 and continues its nonstop services from San Francisco to Maui, San Francisco-Kauai, Los Angeles-Maui, Los Angeles-Kauai, Phoenix-Maui and Phoenix-Honolulu.

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