December 5, 2023

Main U.S. carriers are including flights to assist passengers flee Maui as one of many deadliest wildfires continues to decimate elements of the island.

A spokesperson for Hawaiian Airways informed FOX Enterprise that it is extending its operations Thursday with six extra flights to Honolulu from Kahului to assist evacuate vacationers affected by the comb fires on Maui. The fires have been pushed by fierce winds from a hurricane and have already killed not less than 36 individuals.

Officers in Hawaii warned Thursday that the dying toll might rise with the fires nonetheless burning and groups spreading out to look charred areas.

Hawaii already added 9 additional flights Wednesday between Honolulu and Kahului to accommodate departures out of Maui along with supporting emergency response efforts.


“The security of our visitors and staff, together with teammates who dwell and work on Maui, is our precedence. We’re working carefully with the state of Hawaiʻi to assist the transportation of first responders and provides and assist with the general emergency response as greatest as we will,” the spokesperson continued.

United Airways went so far as canceling all of its inbound flights to Maui in order that planes can fly empty and “be used as passenger flights again to the mainland.”

Hundreds of passengers have been stranded at Kahului Airport within the aftermath of wildfires in western Maui on Aug. 9, 2023. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP by way of Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

American Airways mentioned it additionally added one other flight and upgraded an plane “to make sure clients evacuating OGG [Kahului Airport] are in a position to take action.”

Delta Air Strains can be working “additional sections out of Maui” to get individuals out of the impacted area.


Southwest Airways, the second-largest provider of Hawaii air vacationers, additionally mentioned it added service Wednesday and Thursday and plans to take action once more Friday.

Past including extra flights, airways are additionally offering journey waivers to offer clients extra flexibility to make journey adjustments with out incurring any additional charges. Delta went so far as instituting fare caps.

Airport in Maui

Passengers attempt to relaxation and sleep whereas ready for delayed and canceled flights off Maui at Kahului Airport on Aug. 9, 2023. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP by way of Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

Hawaiian can be providing $19 major cabin fares out of Maui to facilitate pressing journey wants. For the reason that state is discouraging non-essential journey to the world, the provider helps vacationers change their flights or get a refund.

American mentioned clients whose journey plans are affected by the wildfires can “rebook with out charges, cancel or obtain a refund.”

In a Fb put up, Gov. Josh Inexperienced requested Hawaii’s residents to supply all of the emotional and monetary assist they’ll to residents of the city of Lahaina and Maui normally, calling the wildfires “the deadliest pure catastrophe the state has seen in generations.”


President Biden additionally spoke concerning the Hawaii wildfires whereas touring in Utah, pledging that federal catastrophe response will be sure that “anybody who’s misplaced a cherished one or whose residence has been broken or destroyed goes to get assist instantly.”

Biden promised to streamline requests for federal help and mentioned the Federal Emergency Administration Company was “surging emergency personnel” on Maui. He additionally ordered all accessible Coast Guard and Air Power personnel on the island to work with the Hawaii Nationwide Guard to assist.

The Related Press contributed to this report.