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Posted at 1:03 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Business briefs: Wholesale gas cap to rise 12 cents

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i's gasoline cap will rise 12 cents a gallon on Monday, mirroring an increase in Mainland prices.

The cap on O'ahu will be $2.016 a gallon for regular from March 13-19, according to the state Public Utilities Commission. That price excludes taxes and a retail margin. Gasoline prices, which had been declining during the last month, will rise following a jump in crude oil prices and speculation that refinery maintenance will cut supplies heading into the Mainland's warm weather driving season. Oil prices have spiked after a failed attack on an oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia.

Hawaiian Airlines passenger count up in February

Hawaiian Airlines flew 459,980 passengers in February, up 6.9 percent from the same month a year earlier, the company announced today.

The airline also recorded 514 million revenue passenger miles in February, up 9.9 percent from a year earlier. Available seat miles totaled 587 million for the month, up 4.8 percent from the previous year. Load factor was 97.7 percent, up from 83.7 percent from a year earlier.