Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: September 24, 2001

HAWAII GOV. BEN CAYETANO ordered an immediate lifting of landing fees at all state airports. The move is designed to ease financial burdens on airlines hard hit by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A spokeswoman for the governor said the lift on fees will last for an "undetermined" amount of time.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES will reduce its flight schedule by 20% Oct. 1. The airline is reducing its interisland flights from 158 a day to 123. It also is eliminating one daily flight from Los Angeles to Maui and four flights a week from Seattle to Honolulu. "We have no other choice, given current market conditions and the unpredictability of future demand," said Hawaiian Airlines CEO Paul Casey.

ALOHA AIRLINES reduced its interisland flights from 150 a day to 113 a day due to a decline in air travel and "the high cost of newly mandated security requirements," according to a statement from the airline. Aloha said it will continue to offer flights from Hawaii to Oakland and Orange County in California and to Las Vegas.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES is reducing capacity in the Hawaii market Oct. 1 by replacing its DC-10 aircraft on its four daily routes to Hawaii with 767 aircraft. The move from a DC-10 with 254 seats to a 767 with 235 seats reduces Continental's capacity by 2,280 seats a month. The airline serves Honolulu with daily flights from Los Angeles; Houston; Newark, N.J., and Guam.

ALL SEVEN MAJOR AIRPORTS in Hawaii supporting jet service are open for service following the FAA shutdown Sept. 11. Approximately 36,000 visitors were stranded in Hawaii Sept. 11 and 12 when all flights were stopped from entering or leaving Hawaii, according to Bob Fishman, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

PEARL HARBOR-AREA military attractions reopened last week with new security guidelines. The USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and the USS Bowfin and Pacific Submarine Museum were closed following the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. The Arizona Memorial does not allow bags or backpacks. Still cameras are allowed but video recorders are not. The Battleship Missouri, the Bowfin and the Pacific Submarine Museum do not allow bags or backpacks, but they do allow video cameras and still cameras.

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