Aloha Air to fly
direct to Vegas
Tickets go on sale tomorrow
for travel beginning Sept. 7
Aloha Airlines is expanding its daily nonstop service to the mainland by adding Las Vegas-Honolulu and Sacramento-Maui flights that will begin in September.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for travel beginning Sept. 7.
The carrier previously had been serving those cities as extensions of some of its other mainland flights. Aloha started flying to Las Vegas in 2001 as a "tag" to its Honolulu-Oakland service and began service to Sacramento in 2003 as an extension to its Maui-Burbank service.
Operating the "tag" flights allowed Aloha to test the strength of the markets, said Glenn Zander, Aloha's president and chief executive officer. "In the case of Las Vegas and Sacramento, the markets have grown steadily to the point where they are now strong enough to support full-service nonstops to Hawaii," he said.
Meanwhile, Aloha is eliminating service to Phoenix, which had been tagged on to its Maui-Orange County, Calif., flight; and is dropping its Burbank-Maui nonstop service. Passengers from Burbank to Maui will have to change planes in Honolulu.
Aloha also is dropping short-haul service between Oakland and Las Vegas, Burbank and Las Vegas, and Burbank and Sacramento.
"We are focusing on the trans-Pacific routes that have experienced consistent demand from both Hawaii residents and visitors to our state," Zander said.
Aloha already offers the following daily nonstops: Oakland-Honolulu, Oakland-Maui, Oakland-Kona, Orange County-Honolulu, Orange County-Maui, Orange County-Kona and Burbank-Honolulu.
The carrier also will continue to operate daily flights between Orange County and Reno.
Reservations for the flights that are being discontinued will be taken up to the last day of travel on Sept. 6. Passengers holding reservations on those flights beyond that date will be accommodated, Aloha said.
Oahu customers should contact Aloha's reservations center at 484-1111. Customers from neighbor islands and the mainland should call (800) 367-5250.