Island Air to close down after 37 years

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Posted November 09, 2017

November 9, 2017

Updated November 9, 2017 6:24pm

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    Island Air mentioned it should stop flying after Friday service.



Island Air, the state’s second-largest airline, mentioned immediately its final day of service will likely be Friday after having exhausted all choices to stay flying.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must inform all of you that tomorrow Friday the 10th of November will be the last day for Island Air to be in service,” CEO David Uchiyama mentioned in an e-mail immediately to workers. “We have exhausted all choices that may permit us to proceed and we have now not been capable of solidify any of these possibility(s) inside the time-frame wanted.

“We will need to work through this day with our heads held high knowing that we did all that we could do to provide an affordable alternative to interisland travel for our islands.”

Island Air, which has about 400 workers, filed for chapter safety on Oct. 16 after its plane lessor, Ireland-based Elix Assets eight Ltd., tried to repossess the corporate’s three remaining Q400 plane for nonpayment.

The airline, which flew interisland routes for 37 years, had misplaced cash each quarter for the previous Four-1/2 years.

Island Air mentioned all pbadengers should make different preparations for interisland transportation. The airline mentioned in a message on its web site that pbadengers have to contact their bank card firm for inquiries on refunds. It mentioned for any questions or issues to name 1-800-652-6541.

Hawaiian Airlines mentioned it should honor Island Air tickets for the subsequent week on a standby foundation.

“Hawaiian Airlines is working quickly to provide flight relief for travelers who have been displaced by the shutdown of Island Air operations,” Hawiian mentioned in a information launch. “Starting Nov. 11 through 17, Island Air guests holding a confirmed reservation to/from/via Honolulu, Oahu (HNL); Kahului, Maui (OGG); Kona, Hawaii Island (KOA); and Lihue, Kauai (LIH) can standby for Coach Clbad seating on Hawaiian’s regularly scheduled flights between the same origin and destination cities on the ticketed day of departure.”