Governor Linda Lingle Announces Action to Help Aloha Airlines

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Governor Linda Lingle announces that the state, through its bankruptcy counsel will ask the bankruptcy court not to allow the shutdown of Aloha Airlines' inter-island and transpacific flight operations.

Governor Lingle is asking for Aloha to show it has exhausted all possible avenues for continuing its operations.

The state will also ask the court that Aloha Airlines be required to provide sufficient time and proper notification to employees of the shutdown.

The state is also asking to have Aloha provide its financial information to the court to determine whether the shutdown is in fact necessary.

Governor Lingle has also activated a Rapid Response Team to assist the approximately 1,900 employees that could lose their jobs.