Interisland carrier Go transported 54,867 passengers in October, sinking 13.6% from October 2008's totals.

"Softer passenger numbers in October reflect the significant decline in visitor numbers to Hawaii as a result of the global economic situation," Go Vice President Paul Skellon said in a statement. "Load factor was also negatively impacted by the near-term requirement to add capacity to accommodate an initial overflow of customers following the merger with Mokulele Airlines. While we were pleased to accommodate the Mokulele overflow passengers this did result in a number of low load factor flights."

The airline's October load factor was 64.9%, falling just over 5% year over year.

Go started operating Mokulele's jet service when the two companies combined to form Go Mokulele in mid-October.

During the first 10 months of 2009, the airline's load factor was 66.9%, off just 1.1% from the same period in 2008. Go transported 598,722 passengers through October, slumping 12.2% year over year.

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