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Mokulele Airlines Plans to Launch Maui to Kalaeloa Route

Mokulele Airlines, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Mokulele Airlines, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Mokulele Airlines today announced plans to begin air service between Kahului, Maui, and Kalaeloa Airport on the west side Oʻahu this summer.

The airline has set a target start date of July 1, 2014, at which time, Mokulele would begin offering three daily round trip flights between Kalaeloa, located at the former Barber’s Point Naval Air Base John Rogers Field, and Kahului on Maui, according to the company announcement.

As part of its preparations to utilize the airport as a commercial facility, the airline says they are currently working to complete construction projects, implement flight scheduling, and hire staffing to accommodate the new route.

“The opening of the airport for commercial traffic will initially create 6-10 new positions for customer service agents, ramp agents, mechanics, pilots and management personnel,” airline representatives said in a press release.

“The airport’s west Oʻahu location would make these positions ideal for residents of the Kapolei and ʻEwa Beach areas,” the announcement said.

The airline says the new service will make air travel more convenient for West Oʻahu residents visiting Maui, and for Maui travelers opting to visit resorts and attractions in the southwest region of Oʻahu.

According to the announcement, a special introductory fare of $69 will be available for one-way travel, including taxes and fees.

Mokulele Airlines is headquartered in Kailua-Kona, and claims to offer more than 120 flights a day between Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, aboard its fleet of nine-passenger, turbine-powered Cessna Grand Caravans.

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  • Has This Been Thought Through?

    I could see this working IF there were rental cars available at Kalaeloa. I currently fly into HNL get a rental car and drive out to Kapolei, which is okay except for the traffic. I have to plan my arrival and departure times carefully to avoid the major traffic times. So it would be great to not have to worry about that and just go, except to my knowledge there are no rental cars available at Kalaeloa. What are you supposed to do, get off the plane and just stand there?

    I’m also wondering about the flight time, as I know Caravan’s are not very fast airplanes and they have no lavatory. I’m thinking the ATR’S of Island or Ohana would be a much better choice. They are reasonably fast and have a lavatory.

    But for me, no rental cars, no go…


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