For those seeking an alternative for travel between Molokai and Oahu, Mokulele Airlines has a proposal that avoids Honolulu International Airport.
Mokulele hopes to receive approval and supporting comments for its plan to begin scheduled interisland flights from West Oahu to Molokai, Lanai and Maui. Flights will originate from the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station at Kalaeloa Airport in West Oahu, according to a report in yesterday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper.
The Star-Advertiser reports that Mokulele has been working on this plan for six months. Mokulele CEO Ron Hansen told the newspaper that the Kailua-Kona-based airline hopes to launch the service in the first quarter of next year.
Mokulele believes this new service would offer real benefits to travelers, including easier access to the growing area of West Oahu, including the communities of Kapolei and Ewa. Advantages of this new location also include free parking, no time-consuming security checks and one-way tickets costing under $100.
Hansen told the Star-Advertiser that the airline would fly a minimum of eight roundtrip flights per day using its nine-set Cessna Grand Caravan 208B turboprop aircraft.
If approved, Mokulele would be the first commercial airline to offer scheduled service out of the Kalaeloa Airport. At this time, only Mokulele, Island Air and Makani Kai Air provide interisland flights between Oahu and Molokai.