Maybe demand for travel to the islands is picking up ahead of other domestic destinations. Continental certainly seems to think so. They’re adding three flights to the islands from the Los Angeles area (starting in March ’10):
- Daily service LAX – Maui (OGG)
- A second daily flight LAX – Honolulu (HNL)
- 4x weekly service Orange County (SNA) – Honolulu
Sure, all the service is on 737 variants but that’s fine by me. Those flights are short enough and are eligible for free elite upgrades.
This isn’t the first time Continental has offered service to Maui but it is the first time they’ve gone to Hawaii from Orange County. And they are going to be the only carrier offering service on that route.
My next two trips to Hawaii are on United – hard to complain about a $260 fare from NYC, regardless of the carrier – but the additional service from Continental will certainly be worth keeping an eye on.
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