Molokai-to-Maui ferry looks to operate on 'as needed' basis

Molokai-to-Maui ferry looks to operate on 'as needed' basis

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Operators of the Molokai-to-Maui ferry are asking the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to operate on an "as needed" basis to keep it afloat financially.

The Maui News reports that ferry operator Sea Link of Hawaii Inc. wants to change from a daily schedule to a minimum of six one-way voyages per week.

According to documents filed with the PUC, Sea Link is also looking to change its cancellation policy. Currently it will cancel any voyage if it has not received a passenger or freight reservation at least 24 hours before a departure. The new policy would allow trips to be canceled if there are not 20 reservations each way at least 48 hours before departure.

Ferry ridership has declined in part because airlines are offering cheaper rates.

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