THE JUSTICE DEPT. is opposing the Aloha-Hawaiian
request for temporary antitrust immunity on interisland routes.
Aloha and Hawaiian asked the DOT for immunity through Oct. 1, 2003,
to coordinate and reduce capacity on the routes. The DOJ, however,
urged the DOT to reject the application because the coordinated
capacity reduction "will result in serious harm to consumers
through higher fares and poorer service in some of the most heavily
traveled city pairs in the U.S." The DOJ also concluded that there
has been "no showing that such collusion on capacity is necessary
to preserve air service in the interisland markets."
THE DOJ acknowledged that interisland traffic
has declined over the past several years, and took another hit from
the post-Sept. 11 decline in air travel. But the DOJ said the law
on which the airlines are relying to receive antitrust immunity was
meant only to protect against the "complete loss" of service," and
"the available evidence shows that neither [carrier] is in imminent
danger of failing" or pulling out of the interisland routes.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS and Marriott Hotels are
promoting a plan in which clients who travel on Pleasant packages
that include stays of seven nights or more at select Marriotts in
Hawaii through Dec. 15 receive two free nights at select Marriotts
in California and Arizona in 2003. Pleasant also is offering a plan
with the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, providing travelers
free air fare for a companion when they travel through Dec. 24 and
stay for a minimum of five nights at the resort. Reservations must
be made by Sept. 30.
ATA VACATIONS created seven-night packages
starting at $724, per person, double, in conjunction with its
Thursday service from Chicago (Midway) Airport to Honolulu.
Packages are valid for travel Jan. 6 to Feb. 28. Prices do not
include taxes and fees.
DELTA AIR LINES reduced prices on Hawaii
flights from major gateways for reservations made through Sept. 13
for travel through Dec. 14 (Nov. 25 to Dec. 2 are black out dates).
Prices start at $406 from San Francisco to Honolulu.
TALKS CONTINUED ON THURSDAY between five
Honolulu hotels and Local 5 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant
Employees Union, which represents 4,000 workers. Both sides
prepared for a possible walk-out, with Starwood Hotels opening a
communications center for strike information and the union opening
a strike headquarters. Hotels in talks include the Hilton Hawaiian
Village and four Starwoods: the Sheraton Waikiki, Princess
Kaiulani, Sheraton Moana Surfrider and the Royal Hawaiian.