Business / In Brief • Feb. 28, 2013

Volcano generates millions in spending

HONOLULU – A new study finds that Kilauea volcano generates many millions of dollars in spending at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park each year.

Hawaii News Now, citing the study, says Kilauea generates about $97 million a year in spending at the park and surrounding communities.

According to the National Park Service study, almost 1.4 million visitors toured Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2011. The report goes on to say that spending supported almost 1,200 jobs on the Big Island. Those jobs are in lodging, food, retail, recreation, transportation, and more.

Overall, Hawaii’s seven national parks have seen a significant visitor increase since 2010.

The study says the parks support 3,300 jobs across the state.


Hawaiian flight attendants ratify contract

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants have ratified a new contract covering work on new Airbus planes the airline plans to buy.

Hawaiian announced the ratification Wednesday, about one month after pilots finalized their own contract for the A321neo.

The unions needed new contracts because of industry customs require different pay and work conditions for different airplanes.

Hawaiian plans to buy 16 of the jets. Each will seat about 190 passengers in first and economy class.

The airline may use the planes to launch new nonstop routes between U.S. West Coast cities and Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

The airplane’s smaller size and fuel efficiency also will give Hawaiian the option of using it fly to one or two smaller U.S. West Coast cities the airline currently doesn’t serve.

– From The Maui News and its news services