IMPERIAL COUNTYÂ â€“ Mokulele Airlines announced Monday they will begin services in Imperial County on May 23, offering 24 nonstop round trips per week to and from Los Angeles International Airport using a nine seat Cessna Grand Caravan 28-B or 208-EX aircraft.
In March, the Department of Transportation (DOT) selected Mokulele as the operating air service for Imperial Valley for a two-year period from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2018. The DOT listed five reasons: reliability, hub connections, interline connections, community support, and community marketing.
â€œWe have to say a big mahalo to Hawaii for making us their favorite Island Hopper,â€ said Mokulele President Rob McKinney. â€œWhat weâ€™ve been invited to bring to California is exactly what made Mokulele Airlines such a success here â€“ highly competitive prices, convenient schedules, great service, and on time flights.â€
According to DOT, Mokulele has a proven record of providing reliable service at Kamuela, Hawaii, for several years, and has interline and marketing agreements currently in place with Alaska Airlines and other air carriers. Further, Mokulele proposed a marketing plan using local newspapers, radio, and television advertising. Mokuleleâ€™s proposal was fully supported by the City of El Centro and the City of Imperial, and requested the least amount of subsidy.
â€œWe really wouldnâ€™t have been cleared for takeoff in California if it werenâ€™t for the support of the Hawaii market,â€ said Mr. McKinney.
The family-owned and operated airline has quadrupled daily flights since 2011 when Hansen purchased the airline from Mesa Airlines. Mokulele has been in business since 1994 and is based at the Kona International Airport with approximately 250 employees. Mokulele operates 15 late model Cessna Grand Caravans and offers over 120 daily flights between nine airports on Oâ€˜ahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii.
To book flights, visit https://www.mokuleleairlines.com/