JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines to Team Up
Last month JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines announced that the two smaller companies would partner in an effort to make traveling from the East Coast to Hawaii much easier. According to In Transit blog “Once the systems are combined, JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines will sync connecting flight times, award frequent-flier points to members of either airline’s program and operate code share flights that allow consumers to book through either carrier.” The new roundtrip fares created by the partnership will create a daily nonstop flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport and Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport. Roundtrip fares will start at $861, which will give United’s Newark to Honolulu flight some competition. Expected to begin flights by June 4th, the partnership will bring more guests to Hawaii, and make getting here a little bit quicker without having to make stops. As more and more flights connect Honolulu to the mainland – as well as the rest of the world – the Tourism industry in Hawaii is excited about the potential increase in visitors to the beautiful state of Hawaii. Although things are going well here for tourism, some of the growth that has happened in the tourism industry could be linked to the increase in flights coming to Hawaii. Relaxed visa restrictions will also help to open the flood gates for visitors to Hawaii once foreigners are granted visas more easily, and with reduced waiting periods. According to a release from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), comparing the months of December of 2010 and December of 2011 shows that there was a 9.1% increase in total number of visitors to Hawaii. Another statistic from the DBEDT shows that from January 2012 to March of 2012 there are 88,636 more scheduled nonstop seats coming to Hawaii than in 2011.