Makani Kai Air announced it will launch service between Kailua-Kona and Maui starting on Aug. 1, 2019.
The airline will offer four daily round trips at an introductory are of $49 each way.
The fare is good if booked online  before Aug. 31 for travel taken before Sept. 30.
“The people of Molokai and Maui are the reason that we’re growing,” said Richard Schuman, owner of Makani Kai Air. “Many of our customers have asked us to open up a Kahului – Kona route, and we believe that the move makes sense.”
Once the introductory promotion is finished, the regular airfare will be set at $75 for every seat on every flight every day. “Our fixed fare strategy is winning converts,” said Schuman, “People appreciate the fact that they can plan ahead knowing the airfare won’t change. It will remain the same on weekends, holidays or any other time.”
The airline will provide service with its nine-passenger Cessna Grand Caravans. The total flight time between airports is approximately 45 minutes. Makani Kai Air began serving Princeville on Kauai with direct flights from Honolulu May 1st.
Makani Kai Air, an FAA 135 scheduled air carrier, was established by Schuman Aviation Company, Ltd., in 2009. The parent company also operates Magnum Helicopters, often featured in the CBS crime dramas Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0.
The aviation company now operates seven Cessna Grand Caravan turbine aircraft, two Piper Chieftain twin-engine airplanes, a Eurocopter AS-350 A-Star, and three MD-500 helicopters.
Makani Kai Air is Hawaii’s authorized Cessna Service Center and is an FAA certified 145 Repair Station. The company has twice been awarded the Essential Air Service contract for Kalaupapa.