Maui Business

Island Air to Resume Flights to Līhue, Kaua‘i

January 21, 2016, 10:38 AM HST
* Updated January 22, 5:21 AM
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Island Air courtesy photo.

Island Air courtesy photo.

Island Air today announced its plans to restore service to Kaua‘i with six daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Līhue Airport beginning on March 15 (subject to government approval).

Island Air plans to celebrate its return to Kaua‘i by offering a “welcome back” fare sale Thursday, Jan. 21, through 24.

The “welcome back” fare for a one-way flight between Honolulu and Līhue will start from $63 for travel between March 15 and May 31, 2016.

(Fares are subject to availability. Fare includes one federal transportation segment tax and one security fee. Other taxes, fees, and restrictions may apply.)

The return to Līhue is expected to benefit Kaua‘i and the traveling public by offering more seats and more flight options for interisland travel, plus the new service will create local jobs. The airline plans to celebrate its return and thank its loyal customers with special “welcome back” fares.

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Having served Kaua‘i since 2004, Hawai‘i’s second airline suspended its Līhue service in June 2015 as part of a comprehensive effort to restructure its operations.

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To further support its successful turnaround and plans for expansion, the airline recently announced that it was selling a controlling interest in the company to two Hawai‘i investor groups managed by  PacifiCap, a local investment firm, and its founder, Jeffrey Au.

Pending US Department of Transportation review and approval of the sale, the airline is being overseen by a transition team comprised of PacifiCap’s Au, current Island Air CEO Dave Pflieger and former Island Air executive and Kaua‘i native Les Murashige.

“Recognizing that for many local people interisland travel is a necessity and not a luxury, this is an important first step in our mission to benefit our local community in Hawaii by providing more seat availability and more options for interisland travel,” said Au.

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“Island Air’s return to Kaua‘i with service between Līhue and Honolulu is great news!”said Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. “This will create local jobs and contribute to our local economy as well as provide another interisland travel option for our residents and visitors.”

“We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to demonstrate our new direction and commitment to create a strong second airline for Hawai‘i than to restore service to Kauai and offer local residents and visitors an even greater choice in air travel,” said Pflieger.

“Having grown up on Kaua‘i and returning home often to visit family, I deeply appreciate the importance of having access to interisland travel options,” said Murashige.

In addition to providing additional seat capacity, Island Air’s return to Kaua‘i is expected to create approximately 32 airport-related jobs on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu.

For more information about Island Air, visit www.islandair.com or call (800) 652-6541.

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