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New Security Procedures

TSA has changed security screening procedures at all U.S. airports, banning liquids and gels at security checkpoints and aboard flights.  You will not be permitted to bring any liquids or gels past the screening checkpoint or on board, with a few exceptions.

We allow small doses of liquid medications through the security checkpoint and onboard airplanes, a slight adjustment from the original ban, which was implemented on August 10.

We also now require all passengers to remove their shoes so they may be X-rayed with their carry-on bags.

Before you fly read our guidance on prohibited items. Here is our complete list of Permitted and Prohibited Items.

Beverages purchased in the boarding area beyond the screening checkpoint will not be allowed on board, and must be consumed before boarding.

In the event a Security Officer identifies a prohibited item in your baggage, you will be required to either place that item with your checked baggage or dispose of it at the checkpoint.

We suggest that you pack all liquids and gels including shampoo, toothpaste, perfume, hair gel, suntan lotion and all other items with similar consistency in your checked baggage to minimize any delays at the screening checkpoint.

While we can not provide a comprehensive list of items you may be carrying, to ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers the following items are permitted to bring:

While baby formula, breast milk, and certain medications will be permitted past the screening checkpoint and on board, please be aware that these items will be subject to physical inspection.  You will not be required to taste these liquids in the presence of a security officer.


By order of the Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration


Including beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and other items of similar consistency.

Such items may be transported in checked baggage

Passengers may have - Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling. Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger's ticket. Insulin and essential other non-prescriptive medicines.

Beverages purchased in the sterile area must be consumed before boarding the aircraft.

How every passenger can assist in security:


  • Pack lightly, without clutter to facilitate easier screening
  • Arrive earlier than usual at the airport
  • Cooperate with TSA personnel at checkpoints and with airline personnel at all gates
  • Be attentive and vigilant to any suspicious activity and report it to authorities

For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security website.


NAHB Presents Outlook for Economy, Condos, Rentals

By Keat Foong, Executive Editor

AUGUST 24, 2006 -- Washington, D.C. -- The Federal Reserve will not be increasing interest rates any further in the near-term, predicts the chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“We believe the Fed is done with tightening the federal funds rate,” said David Seiders. At its last, Aug. 8, meeting, the Federal Reserve had maintained its target for the federal funds rate at 5.25 percent.

Seiders was speaking at a recent NAHB teleconference presenting the outlook for the rental and condominium markets. Also providing presentations at the teleconference were two multifamily housing developers: Leonard Wood [left], director of Wood Partners LLC, based in Maritta, Ga., and Bruce Menin [right], president of Crescent Heights, New York.

The U.S. economic slowdown began in the second quarter of this year, said Seiders. He predicted continued, though weaker, growth in the economy that nevertheless will not be “up to the standards of the last few years.” Seiders projected that the Fed may even begin to lower the Federal Funds rate by the middle of 2007.

Seiders said long-term interest rates will not be as low as they have been in 2004 and 2005, but they will still be relatively low by historical standards.

As to the multi-housing market, Seiders pointed to the slowing condominium and strengthening apartment markets. Seiders projects a “minor erosion” of multifamily starts in the next year, with starts falling to a 325,000-unit rate compared to a 353,000-unit rate in June.

NAHB forecasts that condominiums’ share of multifamily starts will fall to 35 percent by late next year, compared to 48 percent early this year. Condominiums have been increasing their share of multifamily starts in the past few years.

Seiders said he expects condominium sales to continue to decline through at least the end of this year, and to stabilize in 2007. “The number of condo starts are undoubtedly on the downswing. We do expect starts for rentals to be picking up by the end of 2006 and 2007,” he added.

Both multifamily developers suggested that the slowdown in the condominium market must be placed in perspective. “The condominium market has returned from white hot to red hot to normal. It has come back to more sustainable levels,” said Wood.

“While the pace of condo sales is off, it is still very high and much higher than it has been,” agreed Menin, who suggested much of the drop off in condo sales is due to investors exiting the market rather than a fall-off in homebuyer interest.

Wood suggested a structural change in consumers' preference for condominium living. “People want to live close to work and entertainment. [Condominium starts] have declined, but it is way up from where it has been historically. We expect that to keep growing as a long-term trend.”

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New News


  • Domestic Passenger Volume on Par with Prior-Year Levels for the Seven-Day Period


Current Industry Developments
  • Domestic Air Seat Capacity Projected to Increase Ten Percent Between August and October
  • Jetstar Approved by DOT to Market New Honolulu-Australia Routes
  • Hawaiian and Harmony Announce New Codeshare Agreement


Consumer Travel Behaviors
  • One-Third of American Families Scale Back Summer Vacation Plans Due to Higher Gas Prices
  • Survey: Japanese Travelers Look for “Cheap, Near, Short” Vacations this Summer
Current Industry Developments
  • ARC:Domestic and International Airfares Increase in July
  • U.S. Airlines Plan To Increase Seat Capacity This Year

Domestic Passenger Volume on Par with Prior-Year Levels for the Seven-Day Period

Despite increased airport security measures nationwide following the alleged terrorist plot involving U.S.-bound airplanes from the U.K., Hawai‘i domestic passenger volume on nonstop flights to the Islands ended the latest seven-day period (August 20, 2006) on par with prior-year levels, according to statistics published by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

  • Domestic passenger volume had been declining since early August versus prior year levels.
  • Domestic performance for the latest seven day period is especially noteworthy, considering that August 2005 figures were some 10.4 percent higher than August 2004 passenger arrivals.
  • Total domestic passenger volume to Hawai‘i (which also includes returning residents to Hawai‘i) is currently down 1.5 percent for the month (through August 20th), though the count is still on pace to reach a record this summer.
  • Nonstop passenger volume from Japan was nine points below prior-year levels for the seven-day period, but not inconsistent with past month’s trends.Japanese passenger volume is currently down 4.8 percent for the month of August (results through August 21).
  • Total domestic and international (excluding Canada) passenger volume was two points below prior-year levels for the week.Through August 20, total passenger volume is 1.9 percent below prior-year levels for August.




Domestic Air Seat Capacity Projected to Increase Ten Percent Between August and October

Domestic air seats are projected to increase 10.3 percent, while international air seats are forecasted to decline 3.2 percent during the three-month rolling period between August and October, compared to the same period last year, according to the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) analysis of OAG flight schedules:

Scheduled non-stop air seats to Hawai‘i from the U.S. West are projected to reach 1.6 million between August and October, up 15.6 percent over prior-year levels.Hawai‘i’s top domestic market, Los Angeles, is expected to see a 3.9 percent increase in seats during the three-month period.However, Hawai‘i’s second largest market, San Francisco, is projected to experience double-digit declines in air seats (-10.7%).Gateways with the highest percentage increases over prior-year levels include: San Jose (+181.0%); Oakland (+152.6%); and Phoenix (+125.4%).

Scheduled air seats from the U.S. East are projected to decrease 11.9 percent between August and October.Significant drops are expected to be seen in Cincinnati (-35.1%) and Minneapolis (-20.0%), the MMA’s seventh and fifth largest gateways, respectively.The U.S. East’s largest gateway, Chicago will also experience a double-digit decrease (-18.2%), while the second largest gateway, Dallas, will see a 3.3 percent boost in air seat capacity for the period.

Jetstar Approved by DOT to Market New Honolulu-Australia Routes

Qantas subsidiary and budget airline, Jetstar, has recently received U.S. regulatory permission to commence marketing its future international long-haul services between Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) to Honolulu.Jetstar hopes to operate five weekly flights to Honolulu (three from Sydney and two from Melbourne) beginning in late November, pending all regulatory approvals.An official commercial launch date to pre-sell and market the new Honolulu service has not yet been confirmed.

Hawaiian and Harmony Announce New Codeshare Agreement

Hawaiian Airlines and Canadian airline, Harmony Airways, jointly announced a code share agreement and interline electronic ticketing system.The agreement will allow the airlines’ mutual customers to make seamless flight connections between the two carriers, as well as allow consumers to purchase single e-tickets.Harmony’s Canadian consumers, for example, will be able to make interisland connections once arriving in Honolulu.The code share effectively expands Harmony’s route system to Hawai‘i, and allows the company to book flights on Hawaiian Airlines in its worldwide computer reservations system.




One-Third of American Families Scale Back Summer Vacation Plans Due to Higher Gas Prices

A recent survey of 5,000 U.S. households, conducted by TNS for The Conference Board, reveals that one in three respondents (33%) have significantly changed their summer travel plans due to higher gas prices.Of those changing their plans, 74 percent will be driving less; 63 percent will be staying closer to home; 26 percent will postpone their vacation; 26 percent will shorten their vacations; and 25 percent will cancel their vacation plans altogether due to the rise in gas prices (multiple responses allowed).The Conference Board notes that the survey was conducted before the alleged terrorist plot against flights between the U.K. and U.S., and states that Americans’ summer travel plans may be further impacted by the recent threat.

Survey: Japanese Travelers Look for “Cheap, Near, Short” Vacations this Summer

According to a “Long Holiday Travel” survey conducted by Tokyo-based goo Research, an increasing number of Japanese consumers are planning their summer travel around three main criteria: 1. Cheap (tour prices); 2. Nearby (destination selection); and 3. Short (duration of travel), reported Travel Journal International.Of the over 2,000 Internet respondents, 70.0 percent stated that they wanted to travel this summer season, of which 78.5% have selected domestic Japanese destinations.The survey also notes a rise in vacations of “three days or less,” and “four to six days,” due mainly to a slight decrease in the average number of travel days this year compared to 2005.Survey results also suggest that consumers’ travel budgets have also dropped compared to last year.

  • The share of Japanese travelers visiting Hawai‘i, Saipan and Guam has fallen to 2.7% this year (from 3.4% in 2005), according to the survey
  • Other top destinations, aside from domestic Japan, by share are as follows:
    • Asia, 9.5%
    • Europe, 4.6%
    • U.S. Mainland, Canada 2.8%
    • Hawai‘i, Saipan, Guam, 2.7%
    • Australia, New Zealand, 0.9%


ARC:Domestic and International Airfares Increase in July

The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) released its July 2006 operating statistics, showing that sales totaled $5.8 billion, up eight percent over July 2005.Total airfares increased in July compared to the same month last year with a strong growth in both domestic fares (+9.0%) and international fares (+7.0%).E-ticketing transactions were significant in July, with 95.6 percent of all ARC transactions being paperless during the month.Results represent ARC’s processing and settlement of travel agency and CTD sales transactions on behalf of 147 airlines and railroads.

U.S. Airlines Plan To Increase Seat Capacity This Year

For the first time since summer 2005, U.S. airlines are scheduled to increase domestic seat capacity on a year-over-year basis, according to a USA Today report.Passengers should expect to see a two percent increase in domestic seat offerings in November 2006 compared with November 2005, and a three percent increase in December 2006 compared to the same month last year.The report suggests that the increase in seat capacity reflects the airline industry’s optimism for future profits and may lead to lower airfares.



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