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U.S. Airlines Are Ready to Party in Hawaii

Strong demand for vacations in the 50th state has carriers pouring on the seat supply.
Downtown Hilo, Hawaii. 

Downtown Hilo, Hawaii. 

Photographer: George Rose/Getty Images 

Who doesn’t love a Hawaiian holiday? Airlines have recognized strong traveler demand for the Aloha State and are pouring on new service—even before Southwest Airlines Co. launches its planned entry into the market.

American Airlines Group Inc. plans to begin a daily winter flight from Chicago to Honolulu on Dec. 19. Hawaiian Holdings Inc. also plans additional West Coast service this year, using a new fleet of Airbus A321neos. Last week, Southwest announced its plans to serve four Hawaii cities from the West Coast, with flights expected to commence late this year or in 2019.