The wait is over. In less than a month travelers between Oahu and Molokai will have a choice of two airlines that fly planes larger than eight-seat Cessna Caravans.
About a year ago, Hawaiian Airlines announced the formation of its new air service, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian. It would begin serving Molokai and Lanai with flights to and from Oahu on two new 48-seat ATR 42 twin turbo-prop airplanes. Delays then set in, keeping airline operator Empire Airlines from starting its service last summer as originally planned.
Now that the interisland service is ready to take off, Hawaiian Airlines is now offering $59 one-way fares between Honolulu and Molokai and Lanai. Three daily flights from Molokai will begin March 11. Lanai will get twice daily service starting March 18. Tickets must be booked by Feb. 17 for travel through April 17 to both destinations.
“As Hawaii’s first airline, this new operation anchors us to our legacy and vision to connect all of our island communities through flight, making it easier for kamaaina and visitors alike to share time together,” said Hadden Watt, managing director of Ohana by Hawaiian. “We look forward to providing travelers the same standards of consistent service and reliability combined with the friendly and authentic Hawaiian hospitality they’ve come to expect of Hawaiian Airlines.”
Ohana by Hawaiian, which will operate out of gates 49 and 50 at Honolulu International Airport, has created more than 100 new Hawaii-based jobs, including pilots, flight attendants, ground-handling and customer service positions. Although Empire Airlines, out of Idaho, will operate the air service, Hawaiian Airlines is handling reservations and sales, allowing the interisland flights to integrate seamlessly into Hawaiian Airlines’ route network.
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