Hawaiian Airlines to Begin Kaua‘i-Hawai‘i Island NonstopsJanuary 12, 2017, 1:37 PM HST (Updated January 12, 2017, 1:37 PM) · 22 Comments
Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will launch once daily non-stop service between Kaua‘i’s Līhu‘e Airport (LIH) and Kona International Airport (KOA) on Hawai‘i Island beginning Sunday, March 12 (see details below).
This is the first time in the airline’s history that it will connect Līhu‘e and Kona with a direct flight.
“Demand from our kama‘āina and visitors for travel between Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i has been growing steadily over the past few years,” said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines. “We are proud to now offer our guests direct access between these islands, in addition to our connecting flights through Honolulu or Maui. This gives travelers greater flexibility and convenience when traveling through the Hawaiian Islands.”
The 263-mile flight becomes Hawaiian’s longest Neighbor Island route, besting its flights between Hilo, Hawai‘i Island (ITO) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on O‘ahu by nearly 60 miles.
LĪHU’E (LIH)/KONA (KOA) SCHEDULE beginning March 12, 2017
Hawaiian first launched flights to Kona from Honolulu on July 10, 1949, and started service from Honolulu to Līhu‘e six months later on Jan. 8, 1950. Today, the state’s largest and longest serving carrier operates an average of 21 daily departures from each airport with its Boeing 717 fleet, including:
- LIH – HNL: 17 flights
- LIH – Kahului Airport (OGG): four flights
- KOA – HNL: 16 flights
- KOA – OGG: five flights*
*two flights operated by ‘Ohana by Hawaiian’s ATR42 aircraft
During the busy summer months, Hawaiian also offers direct flights from both Kona and Līhu‘e to Los Angeles and from Līhu‘e to Oakland, California.
In December 2016, Hawaiian started its first-ever international service from Kona with thrice-weekly flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Tickets between Līhu‘e and Kona, starting as low as $89 one way including taxes and fees, are now available for purchase online at HawaiianAirlines.com.
Fare is available for non-stop, one-way flights between Līhu‘e and Kona.
Tickets must be booked by Jan. 19, 2017, for travel between March 12, 2017 and May 24, 2017, and are only valid in the Economy (coach) cabin.
Fares are subject to seat availability during the travel period shown. Other restrictions apply. Additional baggage charges may apply.
See HawaiianAirlines.com for terms and conditions.