One well known nickname for Las Vegas is the 9th island because of its popularity among Hawaiian visitors.
Not only do more than 300,000 islanders visit Las Vegas annually, more and more Hawaiians are calling Las Vegas home.
Now with 11 gateway cities on the West Coast including Las Vegas, Hawaiian Airlines continues to focus heavily on it’s West Coast network as the demand grows stronger.
“Las Vegas is very unique in our network,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO, Hawaiian Airlines.
He says Hawaii is in demand inbound from nearly everywhere they fly. But when it comes to Las Vegas their point of sale is slightly heavier outbound from Hawaii.
“There’s now a lot of family ties as a lot of people have relocated here as the community has grown. It is really unlike any other destination from Hawaii in terms of the allure to people in our hometown,” he said.
Currently Hawaiian Airlines operates two flights daily between Las Vegas and Honolulu. Hawaiian used to serve Las Vegas to Maui three times a week. And they continue to look into a possible opportunity to bring back that direct connection.
“Especially now that we got a new aircraft type in the A321 that is a little bit smaller than the airplanes we fly and gives us the opportunity to serve some of those slightly lower demand routes more efficiently.”
A concern travelers have regarding flights to Hawaii is the cost.
“Like everything else our pricing is by supply and demand,” Ingram said. “The most affordable fares are in off-peak periods often in midweek and certain times of year were there is lower demand.”
And Ingram says the airline is no stranger to competition.
“The market is already very competitive certainly Southwest will add to that competition when they eventually start flying as they said they would but we have built our business around being the Hawaii specialist.”
Growth over the last several years has been from the international markets and now a very strong presence from the western United States.
Since then, the airline has added flying to New York, Japan, and next April, Boston will be on the list.
For the past 19 years, the airline has been the official airline for the Oakland Raiders and the company looks forward to continuing that partnership.