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Island Air to restore Lihue service

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Island Air today announced it plans to restore service to the island of Kauai with six daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Lihue Airport, effective March 15, subject to government approval. 

The return to Lihue is expected to benefit Kauai and the travelers by offering more seats and more flight options for inter-island travel. The new service is also expected to create local jobs. 

The airline plans to celebrate its return and thank its loyal customers with special "Welcome Back" fares starting Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24. The fare includes a one-way flight between Honolulu and Lihue will start from $63 for flights between March 15 and May 31, 2016.
Having served Kauai since 2004, Hawaii's second airline suspended its Lihue service in June 2015 as part of a comprehensive effort to restructure its operations. To further support its successful turnaround and plans for expansion, the airline recently announced that it was selling a controlling interest in the company to two Hawaii investor groups managed by local investment firm PacifiCap and its founder Jeffrey Au.
"Recognizing that for many local people interisland travel is a necessity and not a luxury, this is an important first step in our mission to benefit our local community in Hawaii by providing more seat availability and more options for interisland travel," said Au.
In addition to providing additional seat capacity, Island Air's return to Kauai is expected to create approximately 32 airport-related jobs on Kauai and Oahu.

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