Another one bites the dust:
It’s another sad day in the aviation industry as another as an announcement from Island Air is making headlines in the State of Hawaii today. The second largest airline operating in the Pacific island chain will be flying its final flight this coming Saturday. I have flown on this airline numerous times when I lived in Hawaii, and they were the bargaining deal. They will surly be missed, with lots of personal memories. The link below has some good information and is a decent read.
The question now is what’s next for Hawaii? Hawaiian Airlines is currently and has been dominating the inter-island travel market. Some smaller companies such as Mokulele and Makani Kai, play a small share in the market for many years. Personally, with the latest announcement that Southwest Airlines made, I hope they see this as an opportunity to move in and show Hawaiian Airlines that there’s a new sheriff in town.
Most recently, if I recall Air Berlin & Monarch were the two most recent big names. Could this be a rise in maintence costs for aging aircraft that are killing these airlines? Fuel costs? With those things being said, what are your thoughts on why airlines are filing for bankruptcy?