Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: June 10, 2002

PARTING SHOT... 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 spokesman said.

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 a DC-10.
• 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.

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