Airlines Cut Maui Flights To Correspond With Tourism Plunge

Airlines Chop Maui Flights Corresponding With Tourism Plunge

Short-term prospects of greatly reduced tourism to the Valley Isle following the tragic wildfires earlier this month.

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28 thoughts on “Airlines Chop Maui Flights Corresponding With Tourism Plunge”

  1. Aloha, This sure is a huge mess. Cancel or not to cancel. The governor has shut down tourism. I guess he doesn’t want to consider those not affected by the fire that desperately need tourism. We cancelled because we were scheduled in Kahana on September 27th. We could only reschedule in May if 2024. We spent hours on the internet and the phone getting our money back from hawaiian airlines. It seems they will only give you your money back if you book before April 2024. There shouldn’t be a maximum date for a refund. This is a disaster and setting this timelimit is ridiculous. Corporate greed always jumps in. They finally refunded our tickets after numerous transfers to supervisors and managers. The only drawback is the flights in may of 2024 are double from what we paid. We’ll miss our yearly trip to maui. We pray for recovery of those who were affected by this. We look forward to our trip in may.

  2. I just returned from a week in Maui. It was wonderful. Beaches are beautiful, restaurants are great, people are friendly. There is so much to do and see, even without going into the town of Lahaina. The island needs our economic support.

  3. Following the economic devastation from COVID, it seems like a terrible burden for those areas to the North of Lahaina unaffected by the terrible fires to have to stay closed to tourism. What about the thousands of employees. Are they being paid to stay home?

  4. This is so sad. I live on Kauai and I lived on Maui for 5yrs back in the 90’s. I will never forget front street in lahaina on Maui. How could mother nature be so cruel. There are other parts of Maui to visit and it’s beautiful to. We have seen a lot of tourists on Kauai that were supposed to go to west Maui for vacation. My prayers go out to all of the people on west Maui and my prayers go out to the families that lost loved ones. Maui needs lots of help right now and if anyone can help that would be great.

  5. How refreshing to read the accurate word “chop” in your headline, instead of the usual corporate doublespeak like “right-size” or “modify.” Thank you for not speaking the way the big companies want you to.

  6. Aloha guys,

    We typically fly nonstop on either Southwest out of OAK or SJC, or Alaska (preferred) out of SJC–depending on whichever has the better prices and times. However, when I went to look into flights for our trip to Maui next March, it looks like Alaska slashed their nonstop flights out of SJC except for just one non-stop on Saturdays. Only Maui seems to be affected, seeing as our Alaska nonstop flights to the Big Island next month are still standing. Have you heard if Alaska’s schedule change will be temporary, and if so, for how long? If this is something permanent, then I think we will be dumping our Alaska Airlines credit card and stick with Southwest or Hawaiian.

    Mahalo for all of your work and research.

    1. Hi Rachel.

      Thank you. Alaska is shifting theu schedule for two months, most of January and February tho just Saturdays. Otherwise it is 5-6 days a week. This doesn’t appear as related to what’s happened on Maui as it does to the demand and competition on that route. Both Hawaiian and Southwest remain daily throughout.


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