Roberts set to take over shuttle service available at airport

Beginning Thursday, Roberts Hawaii will take over management of the airport shuttle service currently provided by SpeediShuttle, according to an announcement.

The Maui Airport Shuttle will offer one-way or round-trip transportation between Kahului Airport and various visitor accommodations in Central, South and West Maui. Roberts will be the only business authorized to provide on-demand, curbside shuttle service at Kahului Airport, the announcement said.

The shuttle will be available seven days a week, with hours of operation based on flight arrivals and departures. Visitors arriving at the airport will not need advance reservations. They can secure their rides at the Roberts Hawaii kiosk located near baggage claim in the main terminal.

Prices for the Maui Airport Shuttle will vary according to distance and number of passengers in a party. For one-way transportation, prices will begin at $17 per person or $18 per couple, and go as low as $5 per person for parties of four to seven people.

For round trips, prices will start at $32 per person or $34 per couple, and go as low as $10 per person for parties of four to seven people.

Children under the age of 5 who sit on their parent’s or guardian’s lap may ride for free. Additional charges may apply for excessive luggage or large items such as surfboards and bicycles.

Return transportation to Kahului Airport may be arranged upon arrival at the Roberts Hawaii kiosk at Kahului Airport or by calling Roberts Hawaii at (808) 954-8630 or toll free at (866) 293-1782 at least 24 hours prior to departure.

“Our focus is on safety, convenience, comfort and reliability, and we are honored and pleased to offer our services with aloha to visitors and kamaaina flying in or out of Kahului Airport,” said Percy Higashi, president and chief operating officer for Roberts Hawaii. “As a locally owned business with more than 70 years of experience in the ground transportation business, we’re very happy to offer Maui Airport Shuttle as another transportation option.”

Roberts has a five-year contract with the state Department of Transportation to provide the shuttle service. The amount of the contract was not disclosed.

Maui Airport Shuttle services include:

* One-way or round-trip transportation on air-conditioned shuttles.

* Walk-up service with no advance reservation requirement.

* Curbside pick-up and drop-off.

* No charge for two standard pieces of luggage and one personal carry-on per person.

* No charge for car seats, strollers or wheelchairs.

Roberts Hawaii is the state’s largest tour and transportation company, with a fleet of approximately 900 vehicles.