Job search begins for former Island Air employees

LIHUE — Island Air said it has been working to connect its employees with prospective employers after ceasing operations at midnight on Friday.

About 400 people lost their jobs.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support from so many local businesses that want to provide opportunities for our employees,” said David Uchiyama, president and CEO of Island Air.

Island Air employees met with representatives from the state’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Workforce Development Branch to begin the job-transition process. Meetings with the DLIR to learn about job placement and training assistance are being scheduled.

Meanwhile, Hawaiian Airlines has added three extra roundtrip flights from Honolulu to Kona, Lihue and Kahului on Sunday, in anticipation of high passenger traffic resulting from Island Air’s shutdown.

Hawaiian Airlines is accepting certain Island Air tickets on Hawaiian flights on a standby basis.

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The Garden Island

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