Hawaii inter-island carrier Island Air has announced plans to restart nonstop daily service between the Honolulu Airport and Kauai’s Lihue Airport March 15, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Island Air plans to operate six daily roundtrip flights between Oahu and the Garden Isle.

Currently owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Island Air recently announced a plan to sell controlling interest of the company to two Hawaii investor groups managed by the Honolulu-based firm PacifiCap and its founder Jeffrey Au. The deal is still awaiting U.S. DOT approval.

“Recognizing that for many local people interisland travel is a necessity and not a luxury, this is an important first step in our mission to benefit our local community in Hawaii by providing more seat availability and more options for interisland travel,” Au said in a statement.

Island Air ended service between Honolulu and Lihue last June after cutting 20% of its workforce in an effort to improve the company’s cost and revenue structure.

Carrier officials anticipate the new daily routes between Honolulu and Lihue will create “approximately 32 airport-related jobs on Kauai and Oahu.”

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