Delta bringing back direct flights between Twin Cities and Hawaii in 2015


Minnesotans will find it easier to say "aloha" to Hawaii next year as Delta is bringing back direct flights to the Pacific islands from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Nonstop flights from the Twin Cities to Honolulu will return in 2015 after a four-year hiatus, according to the Business Journal, only this time they will run daily instead of the four times a week it was previously.

Currently anyone flying to the islands needs to make a stop on the way, usually in Los Angeles or Salt Lake City, but thanks to a pending change in lease agreements between Minnesota's Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and airlines, Delta is bringing by the direct link for travelers.

This agreement means airlines will get a bigger slice of the money made from airport concessions if they can attract more passengers, MAC spokesman Patrick Hogan told the Business Journal.

"The hope is that once this is in place, MSP will become much more competitive and it will make sense for airlines to put a plane here instead of at another airport," he said.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul to Honolulu route was the only "major" casualty of a cutback in flights following the merger of Delta with former Eagan firm Northwest in 2008, according to AZ Central

When the cancellation was announced in February 2011, it was the fourth link to Hawaii canceled by Delta within seven months, with direct flights from Detroit, San Diego and Portland, Oregon, also scrapped, Airline Route reported.

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