Hawaiian Airlines has temporarily suspended operations for its Ohana by Hawaiian operation that flies within the Aloha State.
The passenger and cargo service will run through Oct. 31, and no projected relaunch date was announced as the airline "continues to confront economic challenges of low travel demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine restrictions," according to a company press release.
After the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Payroll Support Program expired, Hawaiian Airlines cut its workforce by nearly 2,500 employees, according to the statement.
The temporary closure impacts Ohana passenger flights between Honolulu and Molokai and Lanai, in addition to cargo-only service within the Hawaiian Islands. In March, Ohana service between Honolulu and Maui's Kapalua Airport was suspended.
"It is an honor to provide essential transportation for the people of Lanai, Molokai and West Maui and more recently all-cargo service within our state," Peter Ingram, president and CEO at Hawaiian Airlines, said in a statement. "While we are disappointed at being unable to avoid the service suspension, this is a difficult situation for both Hawaiian and Empire Airlines as we navigate an incredibly challenging period, and we all remain committed to returning flights to communities that rely on Ohana by Hawaiian."
Hawaiian is contacting guests affected by the service suspension to provide refunds, according to the statement. The airline launched Ohana by Hawaiian flights in 2014 and added the cargo service in 2018.