Originally founded in 1980, Island Air continues to offer Hawaii travelers another option when it comes to air travel between the islands. I was invited to attend a special trip to the island of Lana'i courtesy of the air carrier to get a feel for the airline, its employees, the future of travel to and from Lana'i and the added benefits of flying Island Air.
You may be surprised to learn the average one-way fare of an Island Air flight is $62. Although notably, smaller than a large jet aircraft most planes carry just over 60 people and the airline is posturing itself to order a new fleet in the soon-to-come future. The President and CEO, Dave Pflieger, boasts that the airline employs a team with "heart and excellent customer service." But add to that human contact and service with a smile, the airline also offers convenient airport charging stations, free WiFi, safe, reliable and a friendly atmosphere for travel.
With 5 months on the job Pflieger, who is a former attorney, commercial and military pilot, has high hopes for the future of the airline. The world-renowned, billionaire owner of Island Air, who also owns 98% of the island of Lana'i, Larry Ellison has made a commitment to invest millions of dollars in the company along with possible airport renovations and bringing in new planes. Over the next 7 months flights will continue to fly in and out of Lana'i, during this time from (June - November) both major hotels Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele will be closed for renovation, but it's important to point out that the island is still open. There are still shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, the golf course, beautiful beaches, hikes and other amenities that are still available to tourists, travelers and kama'aina.
For more on the airline, its flight schedule and more visit: https://www.islandair.com