Island Air issued a short statement yesterday saying the company will no longer fly to Molokai after April 1.
It was about one year ago that Larry Ellison purchased Island Air to complement his purchase of Lanai. But since the purchase, Island Air has had a difficult time delivering on-time service, with almost half of its Molokai flights arriving or departing late. Island Air has also cut back on the number of scheduled flights to Molokai.
While Island Air did not offer any explanation for the sudden termination of service, it comes on the heels of Hawaiian Airline’s announcement that it will begin service between Oahu and Molokai on March 11. ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will offer three daily flights from Molokai on its two new 48-seat ATR 42 twin turbo-prop airplanes. Lanai will receive two flights a day from ‘Ohana.
The Island Air news release did say that all Molokai-based staff will have the opportunity to transfer elsewhere within the company. Island Air has eight full-time and seven part-time employees on Molokai.
For customers with confirmed reservations to or from Molokai on April 2 or later, Island Air says it will contact them to transfer their reservations to another air carrier or to refund the ticket.