WestJet has announced significant growth to its Hawaii network, featuring more Dreamliner flight options from Western Canada to Maui and new non-stop service from Calgary to Kona and Lihue this winter.
In total, the carrier will offer 57 weekly roundtrip flights on 10 nonstop routes.
“With easing travel restrictions, we know our guests are planning to turn their long-awaited Hawaiian getaway dreams into a well-deserved reality,” said John Weatherill, chief commercial officer, WestJet. “We’ve increased our winter service to Hawaii by more than 25 percent from 2019 to ensure our guests have flexibility and the most affordable, non-stop options from Western Canada.”
The new services are Calgary to Kona (KOA) and Lihue (LIH) beginning in December and increased 787 Dreamliner service from Calgary and Vancouver to Kahului, Maui (OGG). The addition of the Kona and Lihue routes means WestJet will offer service to four Hawaiian destinations non-stop from Calgary and two from Edmonton. The increased Maui service raises the carrier’s weekly flights to the popular island to 13.
Hawaii’s governor, David Y. Ige, said that like the Kolea bird, many Canadians return each year to the Hawaiian Islands during the winter months. “They respect the people, place and culture, and we welcome them back. Increased international passengers can help us better balance the needs of our residents and visitors. Mahalo to WestJet for partnering with the state to keep residents and visitors alike safe and healthy.”
Lorenzo Campos, account director for Hawai’i Tourism Canada, expressed the organization’s delight with the launch of the additional routes. “We would like to thank WestJet for being our trusted partner and for their continuous support of The Hawaiian Island and sharing the aloha spirit and always embracing the Hawaiian value of malama. We are looking forward to welcoming our Candian family back this winter.”
Current Hawaii entrance requirements can be found at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/.