Continental Airlines will fly a daily non-stop round trip between Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX) and Hilo International Airport (IATA: ITO: ICAO: PHTO) starting tomorrow. It will also commence a weekly non-stop round trip between San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO) and Hilo starting this Saturday. Executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings, Jim Compton, explained that these flights will be the only direct connections to the island of Hawaii from mainland North America. Hawai'i Tourism Authority president and CEO Mike McCartney also praised the route, noting that millions of dollars of direct tourist spending and tax revenue will benefit Hawaii's largest island as a result of the new route.
The Continental press release from last December is generally accurate, as to scheduled flight takeoff and landing times. But the weekly westbound flight from San Francisco to Hilo has been moved back ten minutes on both the departure and arrival times, from what appears on the chart.
Continental Airlines is headquartered in Houston, Texas. It is in the process of merging with Chicago, Illinois-based United Airlines. United CEO Jeff Smisek said today that the merger is moving according to schedule. But the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents pilots of both airlines, recently said that the joint pilot contract was "nowhere near on schedule."
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