Among those on the first flight to Kapalua was Jeanette Magoon, the wife of John Magoon, former CEO of Hawaiian Airlines who helped to build Kapalua Airport 30 years ago. In tribute to the late John Magoon, a memorial wall marking key company accomplishments during his tenure was unveiled at Kapalua Airport. The airline, which resumed flights to Kapalua on 1 March after 20+ years, will offer daily flights from Kahului and twice-daily services from Honolulu.
- Hawaiian Airlines returned to Kapalua (JHM) in West Maui on 1 March, an airport it has not served in over two decades, with flights from Honolulu (HNL) and Kahului (OGG). Kapalua Airport’s IATA code – JHM – is designated after former Hawaiian Airlines owner and CEO, John H. Magoon, who helped to build the airport which also celebrated its 30th anniversary on the day of Hawaiian Airlines’ return. “Kapalua Airport has played an integral part in our company’s history, and we are delighted to restart service on the 30th anniversary of Hawaiian Airlines’ first flight to West Maui as we continue serving the travel needs of our community,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines’ EVP and CCO. “This daily Kapalua service will complement our existing flights at Kahului Airport and make it even more convenient for kama’āina and visitors alike to visit the Ka’anapali Coast.” The 26-kilometre link from Kahului will depart at 09:55 daily, landing into Kapalua at 10:17. Then the airline will operate from Kapalua to Honolulu, a route 135 kilometres in length, twice-daily, with the first flight leaving at 10:45, arriving back at 12:47. The second daily departure will leave at 13:13, getting back to Kapalua at 15:11. The 48-seat ATR 42, the aircraft of choice for these services, will then operate the return flight to Kahului, with the aircraft leaving Kapalua at 15:40, landing into the former airport at 16:02. Hawaiian Airlines last served Kapalua in 1993 according to the carrier’s press release. While Hawaiian Airlines’ new link from Kahului will face no direct competition, it should be noted that services to Honolulu will go head-to-head with Mokulele Airlines which already provides 63 weekly flights on its nine-seat Cessna Caravans according to OAG schedules. Although Hawaiian will have fewer weekly flights, it will offer more seats, with it having 54% of weekly seats on the sector. The result of the carrier’s arrival on the route means that seat capacity between Kapalua and Honolulu has risen by 118%. See how Kapalua Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.