Kauai wants state to help make interisland travel cheaper

Hawaii News Now - November 3, 2015

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai County is asking the state to incentivize competition and help make interisland travel cost less.

The Garden Island reports council members unanimously approved a resolution last month asking the Legislature to step in.

Councilman Ross Kagawa says he's spoken with officials on other islands and he thinks they will pass similar resolutions.

The resolution points to the benefits of having two airlines operating from 1946 to 2008. Hawaiian Airlines was given a monopoly on interisland travel when Aloha Airlines ceased operations.
An airline official says prices are fair and based on a variety of factors.

Sen. Mike Gabbard is the vice chair of Hawaii's Transportation and Energy Committee. He says it's worth having a conversation about possible action.