United Airlines on Feb. 15 will start a third daily flight between San Francisco and Maui, a move airline officials said was a reaction to the increased popularity of Maui as a tourism destination.
United, the nations largest airline, will now fly six times per day from the U.S. Mainland to Mauis Kahului airport - three times from Los Angeles, three times from San Francisco.
The new flight will leave San Francisco at 11 a.m. and land in Kahului at 1:13 p.m. The return trip leaves Kahului at 2:50 p.m. and lands in San Francisco at 10:32 p.m. The airline will use a 182-seat Boeing 757 for the flight.
United on Feb. 15 will also cease its daily flight from Chicago to Honolulu as the airline retires the aging DC-10 that flew the route. Uniteds flights to Honolulu will drop from nine to eight per day.
The airline also flies twice per day to Lihue, Kauai, and once per day to Kona on the Big Island. United has a daily passenger capacity of 4,500 on its 19 Hawaii routes.