Letters for Sunday, November 18, 2018
More competition needed with interisland travel
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Remember Aloha Airlines Jules Canon? They couldn’t make it. What about the other carrier with the lousy turboprop airplanes? First, the inter-island market won’t support two carriers. Second, HAL is making it because they’ve become a national as well as a regional airline. That takes a whole lot of money and logistical skill.s
‘so called mainland’….where ‘wildlife has already been killed’….wow! Such care and empathy, don’t forget those on the ‘so called mainland’ prefer a country at peace too. Please remember Hawaii is situated right in the middle of a target!
Good Letter Jules! What we now have is an old-fashioned monopoly. There is only one airline serving Kauai, so they charge exorbitant prices. The County should do something about it. Maybe the County should regulate the prices. This certainly has its downsides. If the airline doesn’t like the County’s price, they may just not fly, which is worse. But, if it is done carefully, it could work.
Maybe the County could sponsor a competitor airline and find a way to make sure Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t put them out of business by offering $25 flights until they fail and Hawaiian Airlines gets their monopoly back.
Federal law prohibits the County and the State from the types of Airport Revenues you are suggesting.
Jules, could not agree more.
But right about the time someone says “High Speed Boat Transit”, then all the hippies, granola, environmentalists, say “Nooooooooo, what about the marine life”???
Stop the madness!
“We don’t see any benefit anyway, so we don’t need any of it here. We need peace.”
Ah, Janos, ah,…..everyone wants peace. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there that don’t like us, sincerely want to kill Americans, and under the right circumstances, might just gang up on the poor old USA. And um, some 17 years ago, um, the USA was attacked by, um, 4 commercial plane bombs, organized by terrorists in Afghanistan, killing thousands of Americans and shut down the USA. You sound like a 10 year old with your naivety. Another person that has never left the Hawaiian islands…..right? So, I guess, as leader of the Free World, when an appropriate response has to be made you, ah, are going to say “Surf’s up”, and go to the beach, and, um, do nothing…….right?? Hindsight is a great thing for critics.
Glad you know where the next conflict is going to be. Yes, I’m sure it will be in the desert, with lots of heat and sand…..obviously not in the tropics.
Actually, Janos is a 75+ y.o. Hungarian born & raised translator who’s lived and travelled all over the world. His page implies he spends time annually in the Virgin Islands too.
Some people just bring politics with them, like baggage, no matter where they land.
Heh Janos. Did you defect to another country when the draft was up during the Vietnam War? Or, “did the military just did not want you!” You sound angry.
Hey Hawaiian Airlines—how about a Kamaaina rate for those of us who live bere? I have provided that in my business for 20 years—it’s a good way to respect the effort it takes to live and work here. In fact, the public utilities commission should step up and enforce such a policy for us. Our state is uniquely segmented (by ocean) and transport here is a public service for many—not a luxury!
Hellooo…When Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines were in competition, but really in cahoots, interisland airfares approached those to the mainland. The Superferry was to be an option that would reduce our interisland travel cost, even allowing us to take our own cars with us. Then the airline called go! started up and the price wars cost us the competitive opportunity as Aloha went bankrupt and go! failed as well. Meanwhile, the post-hippy fringe managed to impair operation of the Superferry as the Sierra Club, et.al. pursued legal action to put the Superferry out of business. Now we are stuck with a monopoly for interisland travel. Maybe Southwest Airlines can do better…