It doesn't surprise me that HA
is pulling out of ONT
. The loads were generally light. That's why they moved the LAS
flight from LAX
, to try to improve the loads. If HA
had gotten some of the rumored 757s, the route may have done better.
As for HA
's fares, because HA
is providing non-stop service from areas close enough to other larger airports it serves: SMF
, they are charging a premium for providing non-stop service. Otherwise those pax would have to either drive to the other airport (SFO
) or connect. The premium was to be set at about $50. However, ONT
fares are the same right now, special web fare to ONT
-$289, HawaiianMiles members-$269, and the specials also put SMF
only $10 more than SFO
service, it is not just the Pacific Islander population, it is the Mormon population. The Mormons are very active in sending missionaries to the Pacific Islands and have gained many members from the area. Then you have all the colleges, mainly BYU
and Utah, adding to the amount of pax.