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Hawaiian ends ‘Ohana service to Molokai, Lanai

Hawaiian ends ‘Ohana service to Molokai, Lanai

Facing “significant costs” and a Neighbor Island market that has yet to recover, Hawaiian Airlines announced that it will permanently end its ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger service between Honolulu and Molokai and Lanai along with statewide cargo service.

Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said in a statement on Thursday that bringing ‘Ohana service back is “economically unsustainable with the current fleet and business model.”

“With our focus on rebuilding and restoring our mainline interisland, North America and international service, we cannot responsibly justify incurring the startup costs and weakening our financial outlook,” he said. “We do this as stewards of our company, with a firm eye on ensuring that Hawaiian Airlines is positioned to not only survive but thrive as we exit the pandemic.”

Hawaii has been seeing a steady increase in visitor arrivals that has boosted the travel industry, including Hawaiian Airlines, which has been rebuilding its network and recalling nearly all furloughed employees. The company announced earlier this week that it is seeking to fill more than 400 positions and offering a $2,000 bonus for most positions on Maui, where the need for workers is especially great.

However, the signs of economic improvement haven’t been enough to keep ‘Ohana service alive.

News Source: The Maui News

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