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Island Air recently announced it plans to restore service to the island of Kauai with six daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Lihue Airport (LIH), effective March 15, subject to government approval.
The return to Lihue is expected to benefit Kauai and the traveling public by offering more seats and more flight options for interisland travel, and the new service will create local jobs.
Having served Kauai since 2004, Hawaii’s second airline suspended its Lihue service in June 2015 as part of a comprehensive effort to restructure its operations. To further support its successful turnaround and plans for expansion, the airline recently announced that it was selling a controlling interest in the company to two Hawaii investor groups managed by local investment firm PacifiCap and its founder Jeffrey Au.
Pending U.S. Department of Transportation review and approval of the sale, the airline is being overseen by a transition team comprised of PacifiCap’s Au, current Island Air CEO Dave Pflieger and former Island Air executive and Kauai native, Les Murashige.
In addition to providing additional seat capacity, Island Air’s return to Kauai is expected to create approximately 32 airport-related jobs on Kauai and Oahu.