SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Virgin America today announces it will expand its service to Hawai’i with daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Honolulu, Oahu on May 5, 2016, and Kahului, Maui on June 14, 2016.
This new service adds to the airline’s recently-launched daily service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Kahului Airport (OGG), allowing for roundtrip connecting service between HNL and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
Virgin America’s expanded Hawai’i service also offers roundtrip connections between OGG and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Dallas Love Field (DAL), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), JFK, SEA, and LAS. The Aloha state is the ‘most wanted’ destination by members of Virgin America’s Elevate® loyalty program and Hawai’i continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.3 million visitors in 2014.
“Since we launched our Hawai’i service last year, we’ve seen firsthand why it is one of the most popular leisure destinations among West Coast travelers. The guest response to our new routes has been extremely positive, which is why we are so pleased to announce that we are expanding our nonstop service to the Los Angeles market,” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush. “This new service from LAX not only brings this world class destination to our guests and Elevate members in the Los Angeles area, it opens up a number of roundtrip connecting flights to markets across the country.”
“Virgin America is providing more airline choice and competition to our great state, and we could not be more pleased that they are already adding more routes to the Hawaiian Islands from Los Angeles – our largest originating travel market,” said Governor David Ige. “We look forward to Virgin America’s continued growth and success in serving travelers visiting the Islands.”
“The addition of more seats flying direct between Los Angeles and Honolulu and Los Angeles and Kahului will not only expand the availability to more islands, but provide our visitors with another excellent airline option. We are thrilled to have this easy access for both visitors and residents flying between the West Coast and Hawai’i,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.
Beginning May 5, 2016, Virgin America’s Honolulu service is as follows:
From To Depart Arrive Frequency
LAX HNL 10.35am 1.25pm Daily
HNL LAX 2.25pm 10.55pm Daily
SFO HNL 8.15am 10.55am Daily
HNL SFO 11.55am 8.10pm Daily
Beginning June 14, 2016, Virgin America’s Kahului-Maui service is as follows:
From To Depart Arrive Frequency
LAX OGG 9.35am 12.25pm Daily
OGG LAX 1.40pm 9.55pm Daily
SFO OGG 6.35pm 9.15pm Daily
OGG SFO 10.15pm 6.25am+1 Daily
Virgin America first launched daily service to Maui in December 2015, which also provides convenient connections to New York (JFK).
The daily, nonstop flights will be operated with new Airbus A320 aircraft that Virgin America began taking delivery of last year, which are equipped with fuel-saving, ‘sharklet’ wingtip devices, allowing the airline to operate flights more efficiently, especially over longer haul routes.
Last November, Virgin America launched its first flight from San Francisco to Hawai’i with a series of festive events – including the opportunity for busy Bay Area workaholics to score the ultimate “Hawaiiscape” with Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson.
Upon touchdown of the first flight in Hawai’i, Virgin America’s guests were feted with a red carpet lū’au reception on the Honolulu tarmac – with a traditional Hawai’ian welcome and blessing hosted by Governor of Hawai’i, David Ige, George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, and HNL airport officials.