The Hawaii Department of
Transportation is proposing a $4.50 per person departure fee for
passengers flying from Honolulu airport for mainland destinations
to make up for losses from landing fees, airport concessions and
increased security costs. From Sept. 18 through April 1, the state
lifted landing fees for airlines as an incentive to keep Hawaii air
routes intact following a tourism downturn after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks. That move resulted in lost revenue for the
airports budget, according to a spokeswoman for the state DOT.
Additionally, she said, a decline tourist visits to the islands in
the last eight months has cut concession fee income at the airport,
too. The department currently is writing administrative rules for
public hearings on the fees and hopes to have it in place by next
year, according to the spokeswoman.
TAKING STOCK: In a move to increase the value
of its stock, Hawaiian Airlines is spending $25 million to buy back
5.8 million shares of the 33.6 million shares held by investors.
Hawaiian's majority stockholder, Airline Investors Partnership
which holds about 53% of the airline, is selling some of its stock
at the same time, but plans to keep at least a 50% share of the
company. The airline believes that its stock currently is
undervalued given its investments in new aircraft and new mainland
routes the company has made in the last couple of years, a
HERE COME THE ROUTES
• Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and American Trans Air started new
weekly service on a 757-300 aircraft from San Francisco and Los
Angeles to Kauai on June 1.
• Hawaiian Airlines on June 7 started new daily service from
Sacramento and Ontario, Calif. to Honolulu using 767-300 aircraft.
On June 15, the airline is starting a daily flight from San
Francisco to Maui, also on a 767-300, and from June 15 to Sept. 2,
it will offer a fourth daily flight from Los Angeles to Maui using
• American Airlines on June 15 will start daily service from Los
Angeles to Kauai, using a 757 aircraft.
THE MIDWEST OHANA is having a Hawaii trade show
in Arlington Heights, Ill., July 31 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the
Sheraton Arlington Park Hotel. Midwest Ohana is a group of 30
Hawaii travel suppliers based in the Midwest. The trade show will
feature 45 vendors from airlines, hotels, attractions, tourism
bureaus, tour operators and car rental companies. For more
information, call (888) 642-6295.
NORTHWEST Airlines WorldVacations is paying a
5% bonus commission on packages to Hawaii (as well as Europe and
Asia) booked June 1 to July 31. The bonus applies to bookings made
by phone, Web or CRS.