Loading articles...

Hawaii confirms thousands of passengers from Calgary visited over Christmas

Last Updated Jan 6, 2021 at 1:07 pm MDT

A woman exercises on a beach in front of a Hilton hotel in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. After a summer marked by a surge of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, officials plan to reboot the tourism based economy later this month despite concerns about the state's pre-travel testing program. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

HONOLULU (660 NEWS) – Despite government calls to restrict all non-essential travel over the holidays, more than 2,500 passengers from Calgary visited the state of Hawaii over the holiday period.

Officials from the department of transport in that state confirmed to 660 NEWS that 2,534 passengers from Calgary passed through its airports between Dec. 18, 2020, and Jan. 3, 2021.

In a statement, Department of Transport spokesperson Tim Sakahara also confirms that more than 1,500 passengers from Vancouver and another 12 from Edmonton also visited Hawaii during that time.

Just over 2,100 of those travellers arrived in Hawaii for pleasure while some were airline crew or on connecting flights.

Following days of public outcry, several UCP staff members stepped down after travelling abroad over Christmas, including former Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard who visited Hawaii with her family.

Premier Jason Kenney’s chief of staff also stepped down following his overseas travel plans.