The Garden Island Newspaper reports that Island Air has officially confirmed they will be resuming flights to Kauai beginning March 15, 2016, offering six daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Kauai. The news comes on the heels of the recent purchase of the airlines by local investment firm PacifiCap, who bought controlling interest in Island Air from Billionaire, Larry Ellison’s Ohana Airline Holdings, earlier this month.
For locals and tourists alike, this announcement is a welcomed relief, after feeling the woes in the wallet following the airline’s suspension of service to Kauai in June of 2015. The departure left Hawaiian Airlines as the only interisland flight option for passenger travel out of the Lihue airport.
“Recognizing that for many local people inter-island travel is a necessity and not a luxury, this is an important first step in our mission to benefit our local community in Hawaii by providing more seat availability and more options for interisland travel,” said Jeffrey Au, founder of PacifiCap.
To celebrate the announcement, they are offering a special “welcome back, Kauai” fare sale, with one-way flights to or from Kauai starting at $63. According to the release, the deal begins Thursday, January 21, 2016 and ends Sunday, January 24, 2016, for travel dates falling between March 15, 2016 and May 31, 2016.
The transition of ownership is still subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation. To learn more, please visit: http://thegardenisland.com/business/local/island-air-returning/article_79d97ad2-f415-55b6-974d-4b928c0f81fb.html
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