Hawaii News Update - Aloha Airlines halting passenger service - It's a sad day for all of us.
Aloha Airlines have filed for bankruptcy on March 21 2008. Its last day for inter-island passenger travel will be Monday March 31st. They have been unable to compete with go! Airlines which were the new provider of Hawaiian inter-island flights of late. Aloha Airlines, the second largest Hawaii carrier, has operated here for 61 years, currently with a fleet of 26 Boeing 737s serving Hawaii and six mainland U.S. cities. Rising jet fuel costs were also a contributing factor to the failure. Cargo operations will continue, and negotiations are underway with a Seattle company to take over that part of the business. Aloha AirAwards credit cards are still valid. Read more details in the Honolulu Advertiser Story.
This news comes as a shock and huge disappointment for many people in Hawaii. Over 500 Maui employees will lose their jobs, as Aloha has been the county's 11th largest employer. Hawaii's economy will suffer when the airline closes. Federal law requires that most workers be given 60 days notice under the closing of a plant or business. Governor Lingle challenges Aloha shutdown - Pacific Business News Story
Still flying between the islands is Hawaiian Airlines who have been in business since 1929 . Hawaiian Airlines are offering extra flights to accommodate stranded inter-island travelers. Mainland bound passengers can fly standby on Hawaiian, if seating is available. Hawaiian Air Fills Void - KGMB9.com story
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