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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 12:19 p.m., Monday, November 13, 2006

Airline seats to Hawai'i to rise 7.8% in next 3 months

Advertiser Staff

The number of airline passenger seats to Hawai'i will rise 7.8 percent in the November-to-January period compared to a year earlier helped by increases from the Western U.S., the state said in its quarterly scheduled air-seat outlook.

Seats on flights from the Mainland U.S. will rise 9.5 percent, primarily because of a strong rise in departures from the U.S. West Coast, according to the survey by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Seats on flights from the U.S. West are projected to rise 16.1 percent, offsetting a 17.8 percent decline in those from the U.S. East.

The seat outlook also said there will be a 3.6 percent increase in international flight seats, including a 2.2 percent rise in those from Japan and an almost 35 percent jump in those from Canada.