Parent company of go! to shut down its operations in Hawaii

Mesa Air Group, the parent company of go! airlines, said that it will be shutting down its Hawaii operations April 1 after eight years of shuttling passengers interisland.

The airline said on its website that the decision to end operations in Hawaii, which began in June 2006, comes amid “significant growth in the company’s flight operations on the Mainland” and was a strategic decision to focus on maximizing “codeshare” operations with other airlines – which comprise more than 98 percent of the company’s business, according to a news release.

Codeshare agreements allow airlines to directly sell a flight on another carrier using the airline’s code and flight number.

“While this was an extremely difficult decision to reach, we believe it is in the best interest of Mesa’s long-term strategic objectives, particularly given the company’s ongoing expansion of aircraft in service with United Airlines and US Airways,” the news release stated.

Under the terms of an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, go! will be able to rebook passengers ticketed for travel between April 1 and June 30 in specified fare classes on Hawaiian, the news release said. Go! will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on Hawaiian Airlines or for passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30.

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