Customers of Hawaiian Airlines should be finding
it easier to locate flights and make mainland and neighbor island
connections at Maui’s Kahului Airport thanks to the airline’s
larger and more centralized footprint of boarding gates.
Working in conjunction with the State Department
of Transportation and Maui Airports Division, Hawaiian has added
three new boarding gates to its Kahului Airport operations and all
of its transpacific and neighbor island flights are now operating
from gates 11-21 in the center of the terminal.
“With our Maui hub, we’ve added flights and are
providing more travel options statewide so it was imperative we
expand our operations at Kahului Airport to meet the increased
demands of our growth,” said Charles Nardello, Hawaiian’s senior
vice president of operations. “We thank the DOT and Airports
Division for supporting this initiative for our customers’
The centralized location of Hawaiian’s boarding
gates allows travelers to move about more efficiently, whether it
is locating flights, making connections to other islands or the
mainland U.S., or utilizing airport services. Hawaiian’s boarding
gates offer the advantage of being closest to the terminal
entrance after travelers clear security, and are also clustered
near the airport’s restaurant and gift shops.
Hawaiian sought the added gates and centralized
location in creating a Maui hub to improve travel accessibility
statewide, following the acquisition of three additional Boeing
717-200 aircraft to its neighbor island fleet earlier this year.
Hawaiian has increased round-trip neighbor
islands flights to Maui by 25%, including additional nonstop
service connecting Maui with Kauai and Hawaii Island.
Hawaiian is also increasing its transpacific
service to Maui from California this summer. The airline is
re-introducing daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Maui
from 21 June to 18 August, while increasing its nonstop service
between Maui and the Bay Area by 70% for the period of 1 July to
21 August, with daily flights out of Oakland and service five days
weekly from San José.
Hawaiian is operating the California-Maui
flights using its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft
seating up to 264 passengers. All three inbound flights will
arrive on Maui before 12:30 p.m., giving travelers the option to
make connections to Oahu, Kauai, or Hawaii Island.
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