New Island Airline Begins with Bargain Fares

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Good news if you're looking to book a trip to the neighbor islands.  Go! Airlines announced Wednesday its one-way inter-island fares at $19.

After inter-island fares doubled in the past five-years, one major inter-island airlines already followed lead.

Hawaiian Airlines decided to match the $19 fare. Go! aircrafts were designed by it's parent company, Mesa Air Group, which operates 180-aircrafts to 172-cities and 45-states. The  Canadair region jets are brand new and one of the quietest jets flying today.

"Brand new interiors, super quiet, super comfortable," says Jonathon Ornstein, Mesa Air Group CEO.

Ornstein announced the airline will begin service this Friday between Honolulu and Kona, Lihue and Maui with 32-flights a day. Go's ticket counter is sandwiched between Pacific Wings and Island Air at the commuter terminal at Honolulu International Airport.

"We intend to be here a long time."

The airlines main selling point is to offer affordable flying.

"We have been very carefully watching what's been going on here. There's no doubt over the last five years, the fares have more than doubled. That definitely changes the economics of operating fare levels have gotten so high," says Ornstein.

Go is offering $19 one-way inter-island tickets. Since the announcement Hawaiian Airlines decided to match the fare saying:

"We know that people will shop and compare. we're ready to compete," said Mark Dunkerley, President & CEO Hawaiian Airlines

Challenger Aloha Airlines said in statement says:

"Over the years, we've seen many start-ups come and go with goofy fares designed to steal passengers away from Hawaii's homegrown airlines."

Aloha Airlines has not yet changed its prices.