UPDATE/Postponed: Hawaiian Airlines to Resume Service to Kapalua
*UPDATE: Hawaiian Airlines’ plans to resume service between Honolulu International Airport and Kapalua Airport have been temporarily postponed while the airlines works to secure the necessary Transportation Security Administration presence at the West Maui facility.
Alex Da Silva, Sr. Specialist of External Communications with Hawaiian Airlines contacted Maui Now with an update saying, “We are very close to reopening sales for flights starting in early March.”
The airlines had announced plans in November that it would resume service between Honolulu International Airport and Kapalua Airport in West Maui on Jan. 18, 2017.
The announcement stated that Hawai‘i’s flagship carrier plans to offer four daily flights between Honolulu and Kapalua.
At the time, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Peter Ingram said, “We are delighted to grow our neighbor island network by restarting service to Kapalua Airport. Our Kapalua flights will complement our service at Kahului Airport and make it more convenient for our kama‘āina and visitors to travel between O‘ahu and West Maui.”
The schedule, announced in November, also included two flights between Kahului and Kapalua:
Flight No. Route Depart Arrive
HA 661 OGG-JHM 9:55 a.m. 10:17 a.m.
HA 651 JHM-HNL 10:45 a.m. 11:26 a.m.
HA 652 HNL-JHM 12:06 p.m. 12:47 p.m.
HA 653 JHM-HNL 1:13 p.m. 1:54 p.m.
HA 654 HNL-JHM 2:30 p.m. 3:11 p.m.
HA 662 JHM-OGG 3:40 p.m. 4:02 p.m.
‘Ohana by Hawaiian plans to operate the new service with 48-seat ATR-42 turboprop aircraft featuring livery designed by Hilo-based artist Sig Zane and his son Kūha’o.
The aircraft are named after a significant wind on each of the other islands that ‘Ohana by Hawaiian serves: Holo Kaomi of Paomaʻi, Lāna’i; Kaiāulu of Wai’anae, O’ahu; and Hikipua of Hālawa, Moloka’i.
Hawaiian Airlines built Kapalua Airport and operated flights between March 1987 and April 1993 before selling the airstrip and terminal to the state.
The airport’s three-letter designator code (JHM) honors John H. Magoon, Hawaiian’s long-serving former chief executive officer and chairman who presided over the airport’s planning and construction, in addition to notable company achievements such as the introduction of jet service among the islands, flights to the US West Coast, as well as cargo and charter operations.