Over a year ago we broke the news that Allegiant Airlines would be flying to Hawaii in the near future. Today, Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher confirmed those intentions. The carrier has acquired the six Boeing 757’s of which we spoke, and plans to begin Hawaii service later this year. Delivery of the first two planes will occur within 60 days, with those remaining scheduled from November 2010 to December 2011.
This is great news for Hawaii bound visitors in search of great airfares and packages as well as for Hawaii residents visiting the Mainland.
Which locations will offer Hawaii service?
Allegiant did not announce the cities which will premier their Hawaii service, but I remain confident that the contending airports are:
- Bellingham, WA
- Fresno, CA
- Las Vegas, NV
What to expect.
Allegiant will be offering their stock-in-trade packaging of highly competitive airfares with great deals on accommodations, car rentals and other ancillaries.
The primary competitors will be Alaska and Hawaiian Air, because they both offer service from surrounding airports, and Pleasant Holidays, which features aggressive packaging of United’s bulk seats, together with cars and hotels.
Earlier posts regarding Allegiant:
- New “Deal” Airline Coming To Hawaii?
- Allegiant Confirms Hawaii Plans
- Allegiant Buys 757s: Hawaii Service Update
- Allegiant Air Hawaii Update
- 2010 Hawaii Travel Trends
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I agree with Shara. I live in the Vancouver area, and specialize in travel to Hawaii, and in the present setting up a traditional wedding business in Maui. I travel to Hawaii 2-3 times a year, and moving to Kauai later this year. I never travel out of Vancouver. The 8 taxes and the protectionism is sickening. I book 95% of my clients out of Seattle. Let’s hope they are competitive, and the idea of shuttling people to Bellingham is perfect. (I remember not too long ago when parking there was free). Both Air Canada and West Jet better wake up.
Good luck with it!
I just wanted to let you all know that a spokesperson for Allegiant Air spoke to our local news and said that the company is considering Santa Maria as a departure city for the Hawaii route.
This would be great!! I just returned from a three week stay in the islands. What a wonderful way to relax, and what a better way to return there on Allegiant Airlines. What a great company. I wish them the very best. I also look forward to being aboard one of there flights back to Paradise soon.
Mary Ann says
Any thoughts on using Las Vegas as a connection point for HNL? I have family in Bismarck, ND and it would be great to plan a Hawaii vacation with them if Allegiant will offer low fares and LAS connections.
Canadian carriers are saddled with our ridiculously high taxes, thus they can’t compete at all with companies like Allegiant. I will. whenever possible, fly out of Bellingham rather than YVR. I even travel to Seattle to fly to Hawaii. It is that much cheaper! If allegiant flys to Hawaii, I will be with them forever!!
Do you think it will impact Westjet and Air Canada out of Vancouver, B.C. to Maui? Let’s get this thread going and perhaps Westjet and Air Canada will take note and lower their fares. Or…perhaps Allegiant will organize transportation from Vancouver to serve Canadian customers (maybe it could be part of the cost- marketing is a wonderful thing). Let’s hope! Thanks guys for your stellar reporting- this website is one of the best travel sites.
Thanks for your nice words!
There is already significant downward pressure on the Seattle to Vancouver corridor due to competition. This can only help further.
Maureen Miller says
I agree w/ Melissa since I am in the Fresno area…let’s hope the rates ARE competitive!
Six 757 jets would mean 6 to 12 daily flights (12 if they could squeeze in two RTs a day (would they do that?). They could, of course, use those aircraft on other routes.
WooHoo!!!! I live in Bellingham. I sure hope you are correct in your prediction.