6 Dec 2004

Aloha Airlines discontinues flights from Honolulu to American Samoa and the Marshalls

6:46 am on 6 December 2004

Aloha Airlines is discontinuing its twice-weekly flights from Honolulu to American Samoa and the Marshall Islands.

The carrier blames inconsistent traffic patterns and insufficient revenues for the cancellation of the routes.

David Banmiller, Aloha's president and chief executive, says the carrier regrets the action and did its best to serve the remote Pacific areas, but cannot keep losing money.

The airline will operate its final flight to the Marshall Islands on January 10th.

Aloha's last flight between Honolulu and Pago Pago will be on January 12.

The airline is suspending its twice weekly service to the Cook Islands next week.

Aloha began serving the Marshall Islands in September 1999.

The American Samoa route began a year ago.

With the airline's pullout from American Samoa, Hawaiian Airlines will again be the sole carrier on the HonoluluPago Pago route with two flights a week, and an extra flight during summer months.