EL CENTRO – Mokulele Airlines Director and Senior Pilot Greg Landers approached the Board of Supervisors, Tuesday morning, during their regular board meeting, expressing interest in providing passenger services at the Imperial County Airport subsequent to the unexpected closure of Seaport Airlines on January 15.
Mokulele Airlines was founded in 1994 and is currently owned by Ron Hansen Scottsdale, Arizona-based Transpac Aviation Inc. Based out of Hawaii, Mokulele Airlines offers approximately 120 flights per day, servicing approximately 20,000 to 25,000 passengers per month.
“We would like the opportunity to service the community here in Imperial County,” said Landers.
With a fleet of fifteen aircrafts, Mokulele Airlines provides services in nine communities within Hawaii and four additional in the northeastern Pennsylvania area.
“We are a small operation and have been able to control our costs and grow at a consistent growth,” explained Landers. “We focus on the communities we are servicing.”
With airlines facing constant pilot shortages, Landers assured the board that was not the problem with Mokulele Airlines.
“We have safety procedures in place that enhance our operations, and because of that we have no pilot shortages at all and have had zero flight cancelations,” said Landers. “We currently have over 300 applications in queue.”
The deadline provided by the Imperial County Department of Transportation for airlines interested in servicing Imperial County was Wednesday, February 3.
“We are obviously waiting for the Department of Transportation and their process, but we should be ready to be up and running within 30 to 45 days of their decision,” said Landers. “Our past performance really gives you an idea of what we can provide here.”
Landers said the airline has an aircraft in place that can repositioned to Imperial County in addition to current agreements with LAX and the Imperial County Airport that would help speed up the process.
According to Imperial County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova with the lengthy process, the selected airline can expect to be operating mid-April.