Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will launch once daily non-stop service between Kaua’i’s Līhu’e Airport and Kona International Airport on Hawai’i Island beginning Sunday, March 12.
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 and Honolulu International Airport on O’ahu by nearly 60 miles.
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, including 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.