Hawaii is a competitive market for US domestic and international airfares, which vary tremendously by season, day of the week and demand. Competition is highest among airlines flying to Honolulu from major US mainland cities, especially between Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America.
The ʻlowest fare' fluctuates constantly. In general, return fares from the US mainland to Hawaii cost from $400 (in low season from the West Coast) to $800 or more (in high season from the East Coast). Pleasant Holidays offers competitive vacation packages from the US mainland. For discounted flights and vacation packages from Canada, check with low-cost carrier WestJet.
All checked and carry-on bags leaving Hawaii for the US mainland, Alaska and Guam must be inspected by a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) x-ray machine at the airport.
The majority of incoming flights from overseas and the US mainland arrive at Honolulu International Airport on Oʻahu. Flights to Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi usually originate from Honolulu or Maui.
The main Neighbor Island airports include:
Hilo International Airport East Hawaiʻi (Big Island).
Kona International Airport at Keahole West Hawaiʻi (Big Island).
Lanaʻi Airport Lanaʻi.
Lihuʻe Airport Kauaʻi.
Molokaʻi Airport Molokaʻi.
Among the many domestic and international airlines serving the islands, the only Hawaii-based carrier is Hawaiian Airlines.