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Hawaiian to add three extra flights for Christmas holiday travel

Hawaiian Airlines is adding three extra flights to accommodate the busy end of the year holiday travel and it’s also encouraging passengers to utilize the “online check-in” service to check in from home, before arriving at the airport.


The airline’s local station manager Mitzi Semo in a memo Tuesday this week to Hawaiian’s customers and partners, says three additional flights have been added for holiday travel between Pago Pago and Honolulu and they are set for Dec. 22 and 29, 2013 and Jan. 5, 2014.


The dates are all Sundays and flights will operate during the evening hours. The airline in past years has added extra sections for the busy Christmas/New Year’s holiday travel due to the demand.


“It is customary for us to add extra sessions during the holiday period. We have done so for at least a decade now,” said Ann Botticelli, the Hawaiian spokesperson responding to Samoa News inquiries for adding the extra holiday flights.


In other Hawaiian news, beginning tomorrow (Friday), Hawaiian will again operate on Mondays and Fridays — instead of Mondays and Thursdays.


An airline schedule change notice issued a couple of months ago, had announced that from Oct. 21, 2013 to Jan. 3, 2014, the flights would operate Mondays and Fridays and after Jan.3, 2014, the flight schedule will return to Mondays and Thursdays.


In her memo, Semo advises that for “convenience of checking in from home, we encourage customers to ‘use our quick web check-in feature’ on” the airline’s website:


“When you check in on line, you are eligible to use the fist class line to drop off your bags in the evening,” she said.


And due to the overwhelming response to the airline’s “early check in service, we will continue day time check in from 8a.m. to 4p.m. on the day of travel,” she said, adding that all passengers must be present with valid travel documents for early check in day of travel “in order for us to better serve you.”


“We want to thank our customers for assisting us in achieving on time departures and kindly remind all to allow yourself enough time to process through security and immigration,” she concluded.


A U.S. Transportation Department’s Air Travel Consumer Report released yesterday ranked Hawaiian Air as number one—among the nation’s 16 largest carriers — for on-time performance for the month of August, making it the 7th consecutive month for this year. (Specific details of the report on