The cheapest times to fly from KOA to TYS are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 23rd to May 20th
  • August 6th to November 11th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from KOA to TYS is early to mid September. Prices can be as high as $1855 for Saturday flights during early to mid December, or as low as $724 for Tuesday flights around early to mid September.


When to Fly to Knoxville

Flying from Kona, HI (KOA) to Knoxville, TN (TYS) will usually cost between $779 to $1119 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid September with an average ticket price of $786. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid December, with an average price of $1179. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $393 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $904 can be considered a good price for a round-trip KOA to TYS flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the KOA to TYS route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

KOA to TYS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the KOA to TYS flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Kailua-Kona. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $126 (13%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $864. Return trip prices are from the TYS to KOA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from KOA to TYS can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 59 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking KOA to TYS

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from KOA to TYS — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: San Diego, CA (KOA > SAN > TYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $800
  • Average savings: $104 (11.5%)

See KOA to SAN flights

Hack #2: San Jose, CA (KOA > SJC > TYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $818
  • Average savings: $86 (9.51%)

See KOA to SJC flights

Hack #3: Los Angeles, CA (KOA > LAX > TYS)

  • Price for both tickets: $870
  • Average savings: $34 (3.76%)

See KOA to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from KOA to TYS? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from McGhee Tyson Airport to Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4445 miles or 7154 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from KOA to TYS?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop KOA to TYS flight is about 8 hour 59 minutes.

How many flights go between Kona, HI and Knoxville, TN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 25 available flights from KOA to TYS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeKOA
Origination airport nameEllison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport
CityKona, HI
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeTYS
Destination airport nameMcGhee Tyson Airport
CityKnoxville, TN
Countrythe United States


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