jbs2886 wrote:sfojvjets wrote:jbs2886 wrote:
Honest question, is there actually a spike? Sure, from the US, but I imagine its just replaced a lot of Japanese (Asian generally) tourism that is virtually nil. I could see Maui as getting a spike though because it was pretty much mostly US anyways.
Yep, sorry, I should've specified US.
Gotcha, I've been curious if there is a total spike because certainly the US airlines have added so much capacity.
I think it depends on an island-to-island basis. For example, HNL probably has not surpassed pre-covid levels due to the high dependence on Japanese/intl visitors. OGG, KOA, and LIH, though, probably have benefitted the most from the US spike since there was little to no reliance on international visitors pre-covid. It would be interesting to see if any of the last three are above pre-covid levels... OGG was definitely bustling as I've never seen it before. There were insanely long lines (and poorly equipped airport infrastructure to handle them) and all the inbound widebodies (and some larger narrowbodies too I guess?) were waiting for gates. My UA 752 waited on the apron about 20 minutes for a 772 to push back, and I saw a Hawaiian 332 from SEA that had to wait at least 40 minutes for an opening. Crowds everywhere. I may be wrong, but I don't remember OGG being like this at all pre-covid.