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Are interisland airfares too expensive for families?

By Staff | Dec 3, 2015

The day before Thanksgiving, Maui County Councilman Michael P. Victorino announced that he introduced a resolution urging competition and lower fares for interisland air travel.

“Being with your family for the holidays shouldn’t break the bank,” Victorino said. “Families should be able to get together for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other celebrations, even if some relatives live on a different island.

“But for many, it’s just too expensive to fly interisland.”

According to Victorino, Hawaiian Airlines is essentially the only game in town. The resolution states, “… since 2008, Hawaii has only had the services of one major commercial airline providing interisland flights,” and “the lack of competition has resulted in airfare prices that are cost prohibitive to many people who wish to travel interisland.”

In addition, the resolution cites the importance of interisland travel to access specialized and urgent medical care that may be unavailable in the Neighbor Islands.

Victorino said he wants to encourage competition for Hawaiian Airlines.

“I urge federal and state officials with jurisdiction over air travel to help create a more competitive market for Hawaii,” he said.

If interisland airfare is breaking your bank, voice your support.

Victorino said the resolution will be considered by the council on Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber. Testimony may be submitted to county.clerk@mauicounty.us.