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Allegiant Air to offer L.A.-Honolulu flights

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 06:38 p.m. HST, Jul 09, 2013

<br />star-advertiser / arpil 2012<br />Allegiant Air will suspend flights to Santa Maria, Calif., because of low demand.<br />

Allegiant Air, the low-cost carrier known for connecting secondary cities to leisure destinations, plans to diverge from its business model and offer nonstop service between Los Angeles and Honolulu starting October 30.

The Las Vegas-based airline said today it will introduce the twice-a-week service with one-way fares starting at $99. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday for travel completed by Feb. 13.

"For just over a year we have been offering travelers convenient, low-cost service to Hawaii, as well as great deals on hotel, car and show reservations,” said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Co. president. “We will soon offer Oahu residents great deals on vacations to Los Angeles."

Allegiant, which entered the Hawaii market in June 2012 with service from Las Vegas and Fresno, Calif., earlier this year said it plans to suspend routes to Honolulu beginning Aug. 14 from seven of nine mainland cities due to "a seasonal hiatus." However, Allegiant said last week that two of the affected routes, Boise, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash., will be reinstated for the holiday season during the second week of December.

Routes from two mainland cities remain unaffected by the suspension of service. Allegiant continues to fly nonstop between Las Vegas and Honolulu, and from Bellingham, Wash., to both Maui and Honolulu.

Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said the new Los Angeles-Honolulu service will provide an estimated $26 million in visitor spending and $3 million in tax revenue annually for the state.

Suspended Honolulu routes with no scheduled resumption date are from Eugene, Ore.; Phoenix; and the California cities of Fresno, Stockton and Santa Maria.

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inlanikai wrote:
"Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said the new Los Angeles-Honolulu service will provide an estimated $26 million in visitor spending and $3 million in tax revenue annually for the state." I love these estimates, like it is all incremental revenue for the state. If a passenger flies Allegiant then they are not flying UA, AA, DL or HA to get here. One airlines's gain is another's loss. Net - net there are no incremental airline passengers simply because some airline added flights. It just means eventually another flight on another airline will have some empty seats and if there are too many seats into a market one or more airlines will cut back on flights or suspend the route - hey! - just like Allegiant did.
on July 9,2013 | 02:52AM
honokai wrote:
More cheapo seats means more people are flying. Any resident of the neighbor islands will tell you that they make a lot more visits to Oahu when seats are cheaper. No disrespect, but I think your economic analysis on adding flights is bunk.
on July 9,2013 | 06:24AM
inlanikai wrote:
Comparing Mainland flights to inter-island is not a valid comparison. For starters, a mainlander coming here on vacation has to factor in the total cost of the vacation which includes meals, hotels, car rentals, etc. Airfare is only a fraction of that total cost. Kama'aina visiting someone else on a neighbor island has the cost of airfare as the major expense. You are also assuming that Alegiant will bring lower fares on routes that are competitive like LAX-HNL. That is true as other like HA and AA will offer some of their seats to match Allegiant. But long-term below market low fares can't be sustained. Eventually, someone gives up or suspends the route, like Alegiant has already done. Just look at HA's HNL-JFK route. When it launched last June it was 7 days a week but starting in September it is cutting back to 5 days a week. Was there a net increase in Northeast vacationers to Hawaii over the past year at a greater percentage than the rest of the Mainland because these additional seats were added? Or did the folks who used to transfer in Chicago, or LA, or Dallas on AA or DL just move over to HA? Look, I appreciate the point your making. My beef is with the HTA that takes the number of seats added and says look at all the spending and taxes we will get. They assume that all the new seats will be incremental visitors, none of whom would have otherwise come to Hawaii at that time. If the new route was to a new city I could go along. But the new route is from LAX which already serves Hawaii heavily.
on July 9,2013 | 09:24AM
kailuaboys wrote:
Thought it sounded like a great deal. Went to book a flight, and discovered that they charge additionally for taxes, seats, and even carry on bags. By the time I was ready to book, not so much a deal. Didn't buy. Probably would add a fee for walking on to the plane.
on July 9,2013 | 06:40AM
honokai wrote:
You can wear three or four layers of t-shirts and throw some extra underwear in the free personal item book bag. You are good to go for under a hundred bucks.
on July 9,2013 | 06:57AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I checked and for two people with bag fee, etc., the cost was almost $700. But the equivalent fare from Hawaiian was $1,100. Huge savings. I ean, come on, this is just a bus with wings. Sit down, shut up, wait and get off 5 hours later. I'll go with low price anytime.
on July 9,2013 | 09:40AM
honokai wrote:
from Allegiant FAQ's "The personal item must not exceed exterior dimensions of 7" H x 15" W x 16" D (17.8 cm x 38.1 cm x 40.6 cm) and must fit under the seat".
on July 9,2013 | 07:01AM
cojef wrote:
How long at $99 one-way?
on July 9,2013 | 09:37AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Have a backup plan before you book with Alegiant. Be prepared for delays........and I mean days delays not a couple of hours. Also they might pull the plug on the city pair you are going to fly without any warning.
on July 9,2013 | 10:30AM
hon2255 wrote:
This is still the Worst Airline to fly, too many delays ,cancellations, old planes, breakdowns ,seats that do not recline at ALL, you pay for everything including a pillow, or drink , our family would never fly this Allegiant Airline EVER AGAIN!@$## , the service is with no Aloha either.
on July 9,2013 | 10:35AM
JoePluta wrote:
More flights to Hawaii is good news when prices can become more affordable for those who really want to come, but have a tight budget, especially families. Seems that Honolulu to neighbor island fares sure could use a campaign to tie into this special ! Oftentimes it seems neighbor islanders can visit mainland cites for the same price as Honolulu. What's up with that?
on July 9,2013 | 11:30AM
gohawaii wrote:
inlanikai is correct. DUH! More seats from a city served by so many airlines will only reduce seats filled in competitors aircraft. Maybe Mike is overpaid or not qualified to be a CEO? A few more people might fly over due to the low fares. But, if that's the reason they come, they won't be spending much money.........
on July 9,2013 | 12:36PM
steveoctober wrote:
good point. the demographic of a typical budget air flyer who would use allegiant contributes very little in the way of sales tax dollars. they would use the bus, a resident-taxpayer subsidized service, eat the dollar menu at mc'ds, and try to find places to camp out at for free. Don't need these kinds of tourists.. Need tourists who will pay top-dollar hotel rates, rental cars to pay for our highways, and eat at regular restaurants to support the hospitality trade. The isles are then too crowded which upsets the higher-priced demographic tourist and then they choose a destination elsewhere more to their liking (i.e. Tahiti is a classic example of a $$$$ destination). More is NOT always better.
on July 9,2013 | 04:56PM
Hahaione2000 wrote:
we just booked a pair of tickets to LA for $750-ish. that includes 2 check in bags. yes, not exactly $99, but their concept is, buy what you want. compared to the lowest we could find for around $650 per person, this deal is awesome. so thankful! thanks, star advertiser for the news article!
on July 9,2013 | 05:26PM
hon2255 wrote:
Awesome deal , I want to hear what you have to say after you return from your trip Hahaione . Good luck ! pack extra clothes in your carry on! bwahhahahha. Southwest Airlines will soon enter the Hawaii market ,we hope,, in which case good riddance to Allegiant, Southwest, = great service, on time ,no baggage fees and other BS Allegiant known for .
on July 9,2013 | 05:50PM
CapnKev wrote:
Lowest paid employees, oldest single aisle airplanes of ANY airline flying to Hawaii. Seats don't recline! The employees are people who couldn't get hired with any other airline and are just passing through hoping to get on with a real airline. You want the cheapest paid most inexperienced pilots? You get what you pay for!
on July 9,2013 | 09:00PM
leoscott wrote:
It's bait and switch. I found only one day with the $99 fare. What a rip off!
on July 9,2013 | 06:48PM
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