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Mokulele Airlines is Hawaii's number one inter island airline island with daily flights to 5 Hawaiian islands.
The airline operates from the US state of Hawaii and based in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Mokulele Airlines, which began the first commercial operation out of Kalaeloa Airport with great fanfare just over two years ago, has pulled the plug on the short-lived experiment after continuing losses.
The state’s third-largest airline, which operates nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops, operated its last flight out of the West Oahu airport on Sept. 6. At the time it shut down, the airline was flying four flights a day from Kalaeloa to Hoolehua, Molokai, with a connection to Kahului, Maui, along with the return legs of those flights.
The airline originally flew four flights a day from Kalaeloa to Hoolehua, Molokai, with a connection to Kahului, Maui, along with the return legs of those flights.
Mokulele still operates out of Honolulu International Airport as well as seven other airports around the state: Kona and Kamuela/Waimea on Hawaii island; Kapalua, Hana and Kahului on Maui; and Hoolehua and Kalaupapa on Molokai.
Now, with its new service in Santa Maria, the airline will offer four daily flights to LAX.
22nd November 2017
Essential air service flights at Kamuela, Hawaii axed
Mokulele Airlines (MW, Kona) will cease essential air services (EAS) between Kamuela and Kahului, Hawaii after the local community and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) failed to agree on cost-sharing.
The current four-year contract, valued at USD1.76 million per annum, ended on September 30, 2017.
Mokulele Airlines proposed to continue the existing level of service, consisting of twelve round trips per week, using nine-seat Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208B aircraft, for a total four-year subsidy of USD1.59 million.
The contract will not be signed since the DOT failed to reach an agreement with the local community over cost sharing. According to the EAS rules first implemented in 2015, the community has to participate in EAS costs if the airport is located less than 40 miles from the nearest hub. Kamuela is less than 31 miles from Kona.
At first, the State of Hawaii was willing to cover 5% of the EAS cost, but it proposed to use airport revenues for this purpose, according to the official DOT file. Since it would be illegal to source the money from airport revenues, the state withdrew its proposal. The local community only offered USD500, far less than the DOT expected.
The DOT first extended the EAS contract through October 31, 2017, and more recently through January 15, 2018, to avoid travel disruption during the busy holiday period. According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Mokulele Airlines is the sole operator at Kamuela. After January 15, 2018, the airport will not have a single scheduled service.
22nd September 2017
Mokulele Airlines moves from LAX to Hollywood Burbank Airport, will begin service in October
On Oct. 3, Hawaii-based carrier Mokulele Airlines will begin its operations at Hollywood Burbank, offering two daily flights to Santa Maria Public Airport Monday through Friday as well as one weekend flight, said Madeleine Zavala, manager of business and property for the local airfield, during a meeting of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday.
Mokulele launched in 1994 as an inter-island airline service in Hawaii. In 2016, it expanded its service to California, offering flights to Imperial County and Santa Maria out of Los Angeles International Airport.
As of next month, the airline will discontinue its LAX-to-Santa Maria service and move its operations to Terminal B at Hollywood Burbank. Mokulele will use its nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan airplanes to make trips to the Central Coast. Each of Mokulele’s flights will have two pilots, Zavala said.
Rob McKinney, president of Mokulele, said the cost of operating out of LAX was becoming prohibitive and that having the airline’s own gate at an airport that large was not possible.
“Whereas in Burbank, we can afford our own gate, and we can control everything,” McKinney said. “We can provide a higher level of service.”
Also, the upcoming runway closures at LAX would have had a negative effect on Mokulele’s ability to get its planes up in the air on time, McKinney said.
The airline chose Hollywood Burbank over other airports in the region because of its partnership with Alaska Airlines and because many of its passengers tend to use Southwest Airlines for their connecting flights, McKinney said.
“As an airline, Mokulele runs … 94% on time, which I’m very prideful of,” he said. “LAX kind of brought that down, so Burbank is going to help us bring that back up to that same level of service that we have systemwide.”
Mokulele will depart Santa Maria daily at 7:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Planes used will be significantly smaller than the ones used by United. While United offered service on 50-seat jets, Mokulele flies nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravans. Mokulele Airlines is growing its operations as it begins service in California. The airline will offer daily flights within California to and from Imperial / El Centro and Los Angeles starting May 23.
US Department (DOT) announced that Mokulele Airlines won the Essential Air Services (EAS) contract for El Centro Imperial Country.
Carry-On Baggage is subject to maximum outside dimension of 22”W x 14″H x 9″L and a maximum weight of 15 lbs.
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