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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Aloha adds early-bird flights

Advertiser Staff

Aloha Airlines has reinstated eight early-morning flights to its interisland schedule effective yesterday.

Last week, Aloha reduced its interisland flights from 150 a day to 113 a day because of a decline in air travel. But company officials said customers asked for more early flights.

Early-bird round trips depart from Honolulu as early as 5:15 a.m. for each of the four Neighbor Island airports. Aloha's sister airline, Island Air, also announced a new schedule offering 38 flights daily between Honolulu and Lana'i, Moloka'i, Kapalua-West Maui, Kona and Hilo.

"We said we would add flights if the demand arose and we're doing just that," said Glenn R. Zander, Aloha's president and chief executive. "... We're encouraged that Congress and federal officials are reaching out to help the nation's airlines, and that our governor has waived airport landing fees, which will help airlines that serve Hawai'i immensely."