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Mokulele reduces schedule starting Wednesday

The Maui News

Mokulele Airlines will reduce the number of flights it offers but will not eliminate service to any of its airports, the company announced Sunday.

The new schedule, which will include 54 daily departures, starts Wednesday and is expected to last until May 13.

Under the new schedule, Mokulele will offer:

• Five daily round trips between Kahului and Hoolehua.

• Five daily round trips between Hoolehua and Honolulu.

• Four daily round trips between Kahului and Kona.

• Three daily round trips between Kapalua and Honolulu.

• Two daily round trips between Hoolehua and Kalaupapa.

• Two daily round trips between Kahului and Hana.

• Two daily round trips between Kahului and Lanai.

• Two daily round trips between Kahului and Waimea.

Mokulele said it’s taking steps to provide extra protection for residents needing reliable and essential travel during the governor’s stay-at-home order. The fleet undergoes multiple daily cleanings, passengers handle their own luggage and waiting areas are in open-air environments. In addition, aircraft seats are configured to provide more personal space for each passenger than those of larger aircraft.

Mokulele also has started assisting medical facilities and public safety agencies with the transportation of essential goods free of charge. Effective immediately, the airline is offering hospitals, doctors’ offices and public service groups free counter-to-counter shipping of medical and cleaning supplies between the airline’s hub cities and rural communities. Shipping of supplies does not need to be booked in advance and can be arranged in person at the Mokulele check-in counter.

In addition, Mokulele has partnered with Hawaii Sea Spirits, the distillers of Ocean Vodka, to transport materials necessary to make up to 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizer. Hawaii Sea Spirits began the bottling process Thursday with the goal of distributing 28,000 bottles of free hand sanitizer to local law enforcement officers, hospital and sanitation workers, transportation employees and other essential service providers. Excess bottles will be given to the Maui Food Bank.

To date, Mokulele said it has not laid off or furloughed any employees in Hawaii due to the COVID-19 crisis, and that it intends to keep flying from all its airports.

For more information, visit mokuleleairlines.com.

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