The airline announced abruptly the cessation of operations after 37 years.
Hawaii Island Air announced today that it will stop operating tomorrow, November 11.
The airline based at Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and dedicated to inter-island flights in Hawaii for 37 years attributed responsibility to legal attacks by lessors and had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 17 October. “One of the difficulties of attracting new investors was the aggressive legal attacks by lessors Wells Fargo Bank Northwest. and Elix 8”, said Hawaii Island Air in a press release.
The airline also warned passengers: “We are no longer accepting new reservations at Island Air and will cease operations at end of day on November 10, 2017,” “For inquiries on refunds, please contact your credit card company. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Hawaii Island Air flies with 7 aircraft to 4 destinations in the archipelago: Honolulu, Kailua-Kona, Lihue and Kahului.