http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-02-03/virgin-america-to-fly-la-to-hawaii-for-169 Virgin America is doubling down on Hawaii, announcing new routes to Oahu and Maui from Los Angeles to begin in late spring. Make that excellent news. Los Angeles is the no. 1 U.S. mainland departure city for Hawaii flights, and every day sees approximately 15 jets take off from LAX to Hawaii’s capital alone. The 50th state is also the top tourism destination all around from the West Coast, racking up over 3.3 million visitors in 2014. Travelers may chose to fly non-stop from LAX or SFO, or connect to the islands from Virgin America’s other flights out of New York (JFK), Seattle, and Las Vegas. Already the competition is bringing airfares down; Virgin America’s starting price of $169 one-way from L.A. to Hawaii is less than its $199 promo price from San Francisco, and deals from the West Coast on competitor Hawaiian Airlines have, over the last few months, dipped as low as $400 round-trip, which is hundreds less than the average for Hawaii’s winter high season.