This week’s airline news sees the removal of Maui’s second COVID testing requirement, a limited-time offer with Hawaiian airfare and hotel packages, deals to Cancun, and continued expansion of international routes with Delta.   

Keep reading to discover the latest airline news for the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Maui ends second testing requirement

It was only a month ago Maui launched a post-arrival second testing requirement for passengers arriving on the island. That requirement is no more, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino announced last week.

Travelers arriving in Maui County must still complete the State of Hawaii Safe Travels online application and complete pre-travel testing requirements through an approved testing provider.  

HONOLULU, HI - OCTOBER 15: Masked passengers, aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 above the Pacific Ocean. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 15: Masked passengers, aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 above the Pacific Ocean. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

Hawaiian deals on flight and hotel bundles 

Thinking about a trip to Hawaii this summer? Act quick for this flight and hotel bundle promotion with Hawaiian Airlines. Travelers may save $100 off a hotel and flight package with promo code: SUMMER2021. This deal must be booked by June 10 but is valid for travel dates through December 31. 

Alaska deals on flights to Cancun

Ready to enjoy an all-inclusive resort getaway? It’s the perfect time to book a future flight to Cancun, as Alaska Airlines has great rates for Seattle to Cancun throughout this year and next.

Think ahead for spring break 2022, as Alaska is showing flight fares for as low as $199 one-way. Additional low Alaska Airlines fares on offer this week include Seattle to Burbank starting at $79 and Seattle to Las Vegas or Palm Springs starting as low as $89 each way.

Delta expands flights to France

Fully vaccinated Americans may visit France without quarantine beginning June 9, and Delta is responding with another increase in international flights. This includes an expansion of Paris flights from Minneapolis and Nice flights from New York-JFK.

Paris-Charles de Gaulle is already serviced twice daily from Atlanta, once daily from New York-JFK, and three times per week from Detroit. On July 7, three times weekly service will begin to Paris from Minneapolis, along with daily service from Boston beginning August 5. Beginning July 8, service to Nice from New York-JFK will take place three times per week.

Kahului Airport (Nov. 1, 2019) PC: Wendy Osher

Requirements differ between trans-Pacific travelers and those who are in Hawaiʻi and plan to travel to Maui from another county.

The County of Maui released the following guidelines and advise travelers to read these FAQs before making plans to travel to islands within Maui County.

Some key programs beginning in the coming days include:

  • Starting May 11, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers who received their vaccine in Hawaiʻi may travel inter-county (Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi) without having to take a pre-travel test or quarantining for 10 days. 
  • Starting May 4, 2021, the County of Maui will begin the soft rollout of a secondary test upon arrival at Kahului Airport for trans-Pacific flights (for both visitors and returning residents, including mainland arrivals).

Trans-Pacific Travel

What is a trans-Pacific traveler and what must I do to come to Maui?

Trans-Pacific travelers are those who fly directly from a mainland gateway city into Kahului Airport. This includes returning residents.


Travelers who enroll in the state’s Safe Travels program may bypass Hawaiʻi’s mandatory 10-day quarantine by testing negative on a pre-departure COVID-19 test no earlier than 72 hours prior to the last leg of departure to Maui. Only Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests administered by the state’s trusted testing partners are recognized as valid.


Maui County has added a new requirement, to begin May 4. All trans-Pacific travelers participating in the state’s Safe Travels Program will be subject to an additional rapid COVID test upon arrival at Kahului Airport.

I am fully vaccinated; must I still satisfy the pre-departure requirements?

Yes, all trans-Pacific travelers headed for Kahului, Maui directly from a mainland city must satisfy all pre-departure requirements even if fully vaccinated.


I am fully vaccinated; must I take the post-arrival rapid COVID test?

No. Maui County will provide an exception for fully vaccinated trans-Pacific travelers from the post-arrival rapid COVID test requirement with proof of vaccination. Trans-Pacific travelers will still need to take a pre-departure test (as specified by the Safe Travels Program) to be receive the travel quarantine exception. Upon disembarking your aircraft, your proof of vaccination will be confirmed, after which you may bypass the post-arrival test and depart the airport.

Fully vaccinated means receiving both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, plus completing 14 days after your final dose. Proof of vaccination means presenting your original CDC vaccination card or certificate of vaccination downloaded from the CDC’s Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS).

Please note that falsifying a federal document is a felony punishable by high fines, prison time, or both.

How much does the rapid test cost?

There is no cost to the traveler.

How long will it take to get test results?

Your rapid test results should be available to you within 15 to 20 minutes.

What happens if I test positive?

Should your rapid antigen test return positive, you will be