November 10, 2017
Hawaii’s Second Largest Airline is Ending All Flights
Three airlines currently operate flights between the Hawaiian Islands. These are Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, and Mokulele Airline (I love the sound of Mokulele Airline). Island Air, which is Hawaiia’s second largest inter-island airline, is ending all flights as of today. Hundreds of employees are expected to loose their jobs.
The airline filed for bankruptcy several weeks ago and failed to find a way out of debt. Island Air will soon begin liquidating all its assets. Affected customers with canceled tickets are being told to contact their credit card companies for a refund. Customers who paid cash for their tickets are directed to file a claim in bankruptcy court (I doubt they’ll recover any of their money through court).
This leaves Hawaiian Airlines as the only airline operating on several inter-island routes. Hawaiian is offering two options for passengers with Island Air flights scheduled between November 11-17, 2017. They can standby for free on Hawaiian flights or purchase a discounted $71 ticket on Hawaiian Airlines.