Business Briefs


POSTED: Friday, April 03, 2009

Interisland $28 fares offered

Mokulele Airlines began offering a special $28 fare yesterday for all of its jet-service routes between Honolulu and Kona, Lihue and Kahului for travel through April 30.

Hawaiian Airlines and Mesa Air Group's go! quickly matched the offer. Tickets on Mokulele and go! must be purchased by Wednesday, and on Hawaiian by Thursday.


Go! passengers increase 17.4%

Mesa Air Group's go! said yesterday that its passenger traffic in March increased 17.4 percent to 64,093 from 54,604 in the year-ago period.

The airline's load factor, or the percentage of seats filled, slipped 1.2 percentage points to 66.6 percent from 67.8 percent as it increased its available seat miles, or one seat transported one mile, by 17.8 percent to 14 million from 11.9 million. Revenue passenger miles, or one paying passenger transported one mile, grew 15.7 percent to 9.3 million from 8.1 million.


HVCB pursues Japan market

The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has partnered with more than 20 resorts and hotels statewide to create a program offering up to $6,000 in value-added savings for Japan-based meetings and incentives held through 2010. The offer enables Japan groups the opportunity to earn credits based on their peak room nights.

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Hawaiian adds Pago Pago flight

Hawaiian Airlines is adding a third weekly round-trip flight for the summer between Honolulu and Pago Pago, American Samoa.

The additional seasonal flight, which will be offered from June 16 through Aug. 18, will depart Honolulu every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and arrive in Pago Pago at

9:30 p.m. The return flight will leave Pago Pago the same evening at 11:20 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu on Wednesday at 5:35 a.m.


Tesoro assists Special Olympics

Tesoro Hawaii stations are selling discounted gasoline through today as part of its “;Fueling Dreams”; fundraising effort for Special Olympics Hawaii. Discounts of 3 cents to 8 cents a gallon are being offered at the 11 participating stations on Oahu and the Big Island.

For a $5 minimum donation, customers will be entered to win a $500 fuel card, while donors who give $20 will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

Tesoro Hawaii will match customer donations up to $25,000 to help underwrite the cost of the May 29 to 31 Special Olympics Summer Games.