Business / In Brief • Mar. 26, 2013

Planners seek input on research park road

KAILUA-KONA – Planners are seeking input on future transportation improvements at a Big Island ocean science and technology park.

West Hawaii Today says the proposed project is expected to enhance access and serve as an economic driver, opening lots for new tenants and expansion of the research park.

Planner Parsons Brinkerhoff, which was hired by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, says the project would likely be completed in two phases.

The first phase would be implemented over the next decade and include construction of a nearly 1-mile frontage road north of Makaeo Bay Drive. It also calls for connecting planned arterial roadways to Kona International Airport.

The second phase would likely not begin until about 2035 and would include connecting NELHA’s frontage road with the airport’s planned frontage road.


Hawaiian signs aircraft purchase deal

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines says it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to buy 16 new planes as part of a plan for expanded routes between the islands and the West Coast.

Hawaiian says the deal comes after the airline reached key labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the new single-aisle A321neo planes.

The planes each seat about 190 passengers.

Plans calls for the acquisition to take place between 2017 and 2020. The deal includes rights to nine additional planes.

The Honolulu-based airline plans to add 1,000 jobs in the expansion.