The airport serving Oahu also happens to be the biggest gateway into Hawaii and the airport where typically those who need to take a connecting flight into another Hawaiian island would stop. In short, the airport is very busy and the flights are numerous, regardless of which Hawaiian island you are heading to.

Airport choices

Kahului Airport serves the island of Maui. This is a small airport, connecting the island with the US mainland, Canada as well as other airports in Hawaii. Some of the airlines serving this small airport include: Air Canada and Northwest Airlines . There are several ways to get from the airport to the hotel, including the public transport, the airport shuttle, a taxi or a rental car.

The island of Oahu is served by the largest airport in Hawaii: Honolulu International Airport . The airport is one of the busiest in the entire USA. It’s a major hub for both Northwest Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines . The airport is located 6 miles from downtown Honolulu and can be accessed by car, taxi, shuttle or bus.

Best airline choices

The following airlines offer direct flights from Oahu to Maui:

  • go! (operated by Mesa Airlines)
  • Mokulele Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Island Air
  • Northwest Airlines

Out of them, go!, Mokulele Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines offer the most affordable fares.

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights from Oahu to Maui are seasonable. The peak travel season in Hawaii starts in mid-December and ends by mid-April. During this period the prices are at their highest. Typically, the prices start to rise by early December and don’t start their downward trend until the end of April.

If you plan to fly in October plan to pay at least $88 for a round trip flight on Mokulele Airlines. Other airlines offer tickets starting at $100 for a round trip. If you need to fly on the spur of the moment plan to pay at least $96 for a round trip flight.

Money saving tips

Definitely start the search with the three airlines which offer the lowest fares. Then you can also check the website discount websites, such as Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity and Priceline.

If you plan to spend your vacation right in the middle of the peak travel season – from December until April – you’ll pay the price for it (literally!). So unless you really have to travel during that time, plan your vacation during the shoulder season or even during the low season. And try not to fly during the weekend either as prices are usually higher than during the weekdays.

Make sure to book your tickets in advance, especially if you plan to fly during the peak season. Otherwise, buying the ticket 2 to 8 weeks before departure usually ensures the lowest rates. In some cases even booking a week before departure won’t break your budget (but don’t count on that during the high season!).