Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines opens new flights connecting Salt Lake City, Honolulu

Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday it is adding new service to Salt Lake City beginning in 2024.

Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday it is adding new service to Salt Lake City beginning in 2024. (Hawaiian Airlines)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday it plans to add nonstop service from Salt Lake City to Honolulu next year, marking its first time flying in Utah.

The company plans to begin flying in and out of Salt Lake City International Airport every day, beginning May 15, 2024. Peter Ingram, the airline's president and CEO, said he believes the new routes, HA83 and HA84, will "excite travelers" from Utah and Hawaii because of the tourism, education and Pacific Island community ties each state shares.

"We are eager to strengthen these relationships when we launch our service," he said, in a statement.

Salt Lake City is now the 16th gateway city in the U.S. for the airline, which first began operations in 1929.

Once service begins in May 2024, HA83 will depart Salt Lake City International Airport every day at 7 a.m. and arrive at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu at 9:55 a.m. HA84 will depart Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at 6:50 p.m. every day and arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport at 5:15 a.m. the following day.

The announcement marks the latest new airline to begin service in Salt Lake City. Bill Wyatt, executive director at Salt Lake City International, said the airport is excited to have the new service because of the same connections Ingram outlined.

Utah is home to about 50,000 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, which is the fifth-highest total in the U.S., according to the University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Utah has the third-highest percentage in the U.S., with a large chunk of the state's Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander community living in either Salt Lake or Utah counties.

"Hawaii is not only a favorite destination for Utahns to vacation, but is also a popular location for family members to visit," Wyatt said.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport opened in 2020 and has slowly recovered from the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the travel industry.

Airport officials announced in August that 26.4 million passengers arrived or departed through the airport during the 2023 fiscal year, breaking a record set during the 2019 fiscal year. They added at the time that 2023 was also on pace to be the busiest calendar year on record.

The airport is also still growing. It has opened 22 new gates throughout the course of this year as construction crews completed the Concourse A-East project. More than two dozen new Concourse B gates are slated to open between 2024 and 2027 as the airport continues to expand.

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Carter Williams is a reporter who covers general news, local government, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com.

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