7 Jul 2008

Hawaiian says fares set to rise again

1:55 pm on 7 July 2008

The chief executive of Hawaiian Airlines, which links American Samoa to Honolulu, says the airline must charge higher ticket prices to cover the skyrocketing price of fuel.

The Chief Executive Officer , Mark Dunkerley, told newspaper executives in Honolulu that the airline's fuel costs have doubled over the past year.

He forecast that Hawaiian Air would spend 204 million more on fuel in 2008 than it did on 2007.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin quotes Mr Dunkerley as saying, that if everything else stayed the same and Hawaiian tried to recapture the price of fuel with more customers, it would need load factors well over 100 percent, probably around 120 percent.

He said their aircraft would need to have seats on the wing to achieve that.