Hawaii Island Air returns to the Big Island By Shane Nelson / June 20, 2016 Share 1 -- Hawaii interisland carrier Island Air resumed daily nonstop service between Honolulu and the Kona Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii June 14. The airline last flew to Kona in 2012, and officials said returning to the destination created 22 jobs on the Big Island's western coast. Island Air also named George Applegate, who spent 13 years as the executive director of the Big Island Visitor Bureau, the carrier's Hawaii Island representative. "Having another alternative for interisland travel is critical for our community and visitor industry, which is why I am excited about this opportunity to assist with the growth of a second interisland airline that will support both residents and visitors," Applegate said in a statement. Island Air now flies more than 230 flights a week between Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island onboard 64-seat ATR-72 aircraft.