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New Boise, Spokane Nonstop Flights Appeal to Canadians Too

August 7, 2012, 5:04 PM HST
* Updated August 7, 5:06 PM
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Photo courtesy of Hawaii News Now.

By Sonia Isotov

Allegiant Air announced today that the company will begin new, nonstop air service from the mainland to Honolulu, Hawaii, particularly Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington.

New once a week, direct service from both Boise and Spokane to Honolulu is scheduled to begin February 2013 and will create an additional 233 air seats to Hawai‘i per route, per week. Each route will generate an estimated $13.4 million in visitor expenditures and $1.4 million in tax revenue for the state of Hawai‘i.

“Allegiant’s entry into the Hawai’i market has opened up new gateway cities for the state,” said Mike McCartney, president and chief executive officer of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, in a written statement.

“Allegiant’s service model of connecting smaller regional markets opens up new gateway cities for the Hawaiian Islands. These new flights allow more travelers close to Boise and Spokane to reach Hawaii. And it will also appeal to many Canadians living across the border, near Spokane.”

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According to the Canadian Airports Council, more than 75% of Canadians live within 90 minutes of the US border. Within the last year, as many as 4.8 million Canadians opted to drive across the border to catch a flight from a US airport rather than from their local airport, in order to save on travel costs.

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To kick off these routes, the carrier will offer introductory one-way fares of $180, including taxes and fees, from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to:

  1. Boise, Idaho. — begins February 9, 2013
  2. Spokane, Wash. — begins February 8, 2013

Flight days and times for all markets can be found at allegiant.com. Flights must be purchased by August 14, 2012, for travel by April 16, 2013.

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