The announcement Monday that Island Air is ordering five more ATR-42 turboprops for its interisland fleet was just the latest good news from airlines servicing Hawaii.
The airline had already announced plans to lease two larger ATR-72 turboprops.
Island Air follows Mokulele and Hawaiian Airlines in showing confidence in the growth of interisland traffic by ordering more short-haul planes for enhanced schedules, according to a story in Tuesday's Star-Advertiser.
The ATR-72 has 64 seats and the ATR-42 has 46 seats.
Mokulele is adding two more Cessna Grand Caravan planes and will begin twice daily service between Kahului and Hana on Oct. 1.
Hawaiian Airlines had announced plans earlier this year to form a subsidiary that will fly turboprops to small airports around the state. That venture is supposed to start next year.
Hawaii - Maui, in particular - has already seen an increase in airlift from the Mainland during this robust time in the visitor industry. These recent plans from our locally based airlines, however, indicate a confidence on those companies' parts that demand for service to our smaller airports is going to increase.
These bets by the airlines look like a winning formula for Hawaii:
More planes + more flights = more jobs.
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