Starting in a month, one Hawaii airport will become further underserved due to an interisland flight switch-up. Mokulele Airlines is set to end some of its regular service.
Mokulele announced that it would end all flights between Hilo and Maui (Kahului-OGG) beginning August 1. Mokulele will move planes to support other routes, including a new flight that will move to its Kahului to Kona schedule each evening, plus more service to and from Lanai and Molokai.
Mokulele is offering either refunds or re-accommodation at no additional cost on Mokulele or on Hawaiian Airlines to those passengers who are being inconvenienced.
The now-canceled flights were needed previously when Hawaiian Air ended its service on that route during Covid. Hawaiian has since resumed its flights, which obviates the need for more flights on this route.
Mokulele remains the only carrier providing service to Lanai and Molokai. The airline said it wants to add flights to and from there during popular times of the day.
Mokulele increases flights between Kahului and Kona.
As a follow-on to its commitment to filling voids in Hawaii travel, Mokulele is adding a new evening flight that isn’t provided by either of the primary interisland carriers, Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Mokulele sees this as aiding with same-day connections that can be challenging between the mainland and Hawaii.
Mokulele exits Hilo service entirely.
The airline said that all of the employees at their soon-to-be-closed Hilo station are being offered positions both at any of their other Hawaii stations or at any of its parent (Southern Airways) locations on the mainland.
According to the airline, Mokulele service between Kahului and Hilo will not be terminated but is being suspended indefinitely. No date has been set for a return to daily service on this route.