Not only are there fewer seats available for flying to and from this most isolated land mass in the world, but if and when more flights are added on a regular basis, you know the prices will rise, just like Neighbor Island airfares will soon creep, or maybe jump, up. And if you think the loss of Aloha and ATA is the end of the domestic airline woes, don't bet on it. You really might start saving more now for that upcoming summer or holiday trip, so that you don't have to deal with stark reality- otherwise known as sticker shock- when you go to make your travel plans later on.
And now that gasoline has surpassed the previously unfathomable $4-per gallon level on Maui, are people really going to start changing their habits, lifestyles, and recreational pastimes to avoid using the car so much? Will carpooling see a surge, or will the HOV lanes continue to be sparsely populated, even during rush hour?