Mokulele Airlines has announced its first new route in Hawaii since Southern Airways acquired it earlier this year. Twice daily service between Kahului and Lana’i City will begin on June 17, bringing the number of Hawaiian cities served by Mokulele to nine, which is more than any other air carrier.
Mokulele Airlines was founded in 1994 by Hawaii native Kawehi Inaba, who has recently returned to the airline as director of community relations. After experiencing significant growth over the last decade, Mokulele was acquired by Southern Airways in February. Once the operations are integrated, the combined entity will be the largest commuter airline operating in the 50 states. With the addition of the Lana’i City flights, Mokulele will operate 106-peak day departures in Hawaii.
“The addition of Lana’i City gives us yet another route from our growing Kahului hub,” said Stan Little, the airline’s chairman and CEO. “Not only will this route be great for locals, business travelers, government employees and tourists needing to make day trips between the two islands, but with our network of flights at Kahului, we can offer one-stop connections between Lana’i City and five other Hawaiian airports.”
Departures from Kahului for Lana’i City will be at 7:05 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. HST daily, while departures from Lana’i City to Kahului will be at 7:50 a.m. and 5 p.m HST. Fares begin at $57.
The launch of Lana’i service is the first in a series of announcements to be made by Mokulele in 2019, the 25th anniversary year of the airline. Celebrations across the state are planned to commemorate the milestone. More information on the 25th-anniversary festivities will be announced in the ensuing weeks.