Mesa offers $19 interisland flights
The one-way promotional fares are good through Friday
Mesa Air Group Inc.'s new airline go!, which shook up the interisland market with its $39 one-way fares, sprung another surprise yesterday morning by offering a $19 one-way promotional fare.
The fare was available for purchase beginning at noon yesterday through 11:59 p.m. tomorrow -- the day it begins its new interisland service -- or until the special tickets are sold out.
Mesa said that the special tickets will be valid for travel from tomorrow through July 9 between Honolulu and Lihue, Kahului or Kona. They also will be usable between Honolulu and Hilo starting June 30, when Mesa begins service to that city, through July 9.
The $19 one-way fares do not include fees and taxes. The special tickets will be non-refundable, and no changes will be allowed with the special fare. Seats may not be available on all flights.
Tickets can be purchased on the airline's Web site, www.iflygo.com, or by calling 1-888-iflygo2 (1-888-435-9462.)
"Interisland fares have been too high for too long, and go! is here to make a change," said Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and chief executive officer of Mesa. "At $19, we hope to give everyone the chance to fly go! and have the opportunity to visit friends and family at an affordable price."
Mesa also announced yesterday that it signed a sponsorship agreement with a local band, Big Every Time, also known as BET. The band's South Pacific reggae/hip-hop-style music, will become the airline's corporate sound and will be played on flights. The voices of band members will also be heard doing greetings and giving directions on board the aircraft.
Mesa, which announced in September it was going to be entering the Hawaii market with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200s, will begin operating out of Honolulu Airport's commuter terminal with 32 daily flights between Honolulu and Lihue, Kahului and Kona.
It will increase service to 62 daily flights with four aircraft starting June 30, when it begins flying between Honolulu and Hilo.