Island Air, the airline owned by billionaire owner of the island of Lanai, Larry Ellison, has reported that it will officially terminate service between Lihue and Honolulu as of June 1, 2015. The airline will also be terminating all nonstop flights between Lanai and Honolulu. The only routes that Island air will continue to operate will be Maui to Lanai (twice daily) and Honolulu to Lanai via Maui (now a 90-minute offering, compared to their former 30-minute direct flight offering).
These changes to Island Air’s services are the result of the inability of the airline to effectively compete and steal business from Hawaiian Airlines, which continues to benefit from brand recognition, service to and from the mainland, and through-ticketing capabilities. Island Air will now exist almost exclusively to serve Larry Ellison’s Lanai resort visitors who are travelling via Maui.
For more information, read the original news article: “Island Air Cuts Hawaii Inter-Island Flights“