Mayor Michael Victorino expressed his gratitude to Hawaiian Airlines today for extending `Ohana by Hawaiian flights to Molokai and Lanai at least through mid-January. Earlier, the airline had announced its intention to temporarily suspend the flights, which are a crucial service for Molokai and Lanai residents.
“These flights are a lifeline for Molokai and Lanai residents, so I’m very grateful that Hawaiian Airlines will extend these flights at least to mid-January,” Mayor Victorino said. “I also extend my appreciation to Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram, Empire Airlines, the Airline Pilots Association and airline employees and everyone else that is stepping up to maintain this critical service for our community.
“Our people are already struggling with COVID-19 pandemic impacts, so this is welcome news for our people, especially for those who have few other options for transporting cargo or traveling off island. `Ohana by Hawaiian has been the only airline option for people who are in wheelchairs or those needing physical assistance to be able to travel off-island.”