Allegiant brings back some Hawaii flights for winter season

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Later this year, Allegiant Air will resume flights on at least two Hawaii routes that the carrier placed on "temporary seasonal hiatus" during the typically slow fall travel season.

On 12 December, the Las Vegas-based airline will resume once weekly roundtrip flights between Spokane, Washington and Honolulu, with the eastbound flight operating on Thursdays and the westbound flight operating on Fridays, according to Allegiant's website.

The following day, 13 December, Allegiant resumes flights between Honolulu and Boise, Idaho. Flights to Boise operate on Fridays and flights to Honolulu operate on Saturdays, according to the website.

The Boise and Spokane flights are among a number of Hawaii routes that the carrier will suspend beginning 14 August due to poor performance.

The airline tells Flightglobal it continues to look at whether it will reinstate other Hawaii flights in 2014 for the busy spring and summer travel periods.

Allegiant launched flights to Hawaii in June 2012 with six Boeing 757s that executives said were acquired for the "express purpose" of serving the islands.

Initial flights connected Las Vegas and Fresno in California with Honolulu, but by the end of 2012 Allegiant added flights to Honolulu from Bellingham in Washington, Eugene in Oregon, and the California cities of Santa Maria and Stockton.

It also began flying between Bellingham and Maui in November.

A few months later, in February 2013, Allegiant launched additional Hawaii service, connecting Phoenix-Mesa, Boise and Spokane with Honolulu.

Many of the flights operated a few times weekly or less.

Despite initial statements by the company that the Hawaii flights were "nicely profitable", Allegiant announced in April 2013 that the majority of the routes would be placed on "temporary seasonal hiatus" beginning 14 August.

The flights that were cut included those from Boise, Eugene, Spokane, Phoenix-Mesa, Fresno, Stockton and Santa Maria.

Allegiant did not suspend flights from Las Vegas and Bellingham to Honolulu, or from Bellingham to Maui.

The airline downplayed the significance of the cuts, noting that leisure-focused Allegiant adjusts capacity to reflect demand and is quick to cut under-performing flights.

"We are seasonally adjusting our capacity during the fall off-peak period in order to maximise our profitability. This capacity adjustment is consistent with how we manage capacity in our overall network and similar to how we have managed our network capacity for many years now," Allegiant president Andrew Levy said in April during Allegiant's first quarter earning call.