Aloha Airlines based in Hawaii filed for bankruptcy protection again last month, couldn’t find a buyer and is going out of business after 62 years of service. This means that as of today, Monday March 31, all interisland and mainland flights will be cancelled.
Aloha said tickets for flights after Monday will not be honored. It said it is working to have United Airlines accommodate passengers with tickets for Aloha’s mainland to Hawaii flights. It hopes to seat those with interisland tickets on Hawaiian Airlines. Frequent flier club members will see their banked miles voided.
Aloha has cancelled Monday flights from Hawaii to the West Coast and between several cities in California and Nevada. It’s last day for interisland travel will be Monday. Aloha advised passengers who don’t want to fly another airline and who want a refund to contact their travel agents or credit card companies. Those who paid by cash or check may file a claim in bankruptcy court.
The shutdown will affect about 1,900 employees. The company said air cargo services will continue. A Seattle company on Thursday offered to buy Aloha’s cargo operations for an undisclosed amount. But Saltchuk Resources Inc said it wasn’t interested in taking over Aloha’s passenger business.
Here’s a link to the AP story: Aloha Airlines Halts Passenger Service.
Question: I wonder if interisland airfares will climb again now that there are only two airlines serving the interisland market (go! and Hawaiian). Any thoughts?