Customers of Hawaiian Airlines are finding it easier to locate flights and make mainland and neighbor island connections at Maui¡¯s Kahului Airport with 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¡¯ benefit.¡±
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 June 21 to August 18, while increasing its nonstop service between Maui and the Bay Area by 70% for the period of July 1 to August 21, with daily flights out of Oakland and service five days weekly from San Jos¨¦.
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.