Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii's flagship carrier, has announced it will launch once daily non-stop service between Kauai's Lihue Airport (LIH) and Kona International Airport (KOA) on Hawaii Island beginning Sunday, March 12.
This is the first time in the airline's history that it will connect Lihue and Kona with a direct flight, according to a Hawaiian Airlines news release.
"Demand from our kamaaina and visitors for travel between Hawaii Island and Kauai has been growing steadily over the past few years," said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines, in a written release. “We are proud to now offer our guests direct access between these islands, in addition to our connecting flights through Honolulu or Maui. This gives travelers greater flexibility and convenience when traveling through the Hawaiian Islands."
The 263-mile flight becomes Hawaiian's longest “Neighbor Island” route, besting its flights between Hilo, Hawaii Island (ITO) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu by nearly 60 miles.
Flights depart Kona at 9:38 a.m. and arrive in Kauai at 10:36 a.m. Return flights depart Kauai at 3:44 p.m. and arrive back in Kona at 4:44 p.m.