Makani Kai Air Expands Molokai Service
Makani Kai News Release
Makani Kai Air is expanding its daily round trip flights between Honolulu and Molokai beginning July 15. Due to continued high demand, the airline is adding six roundtrip flights a day, seven days a week.
“We are encouraged by the growing support from the Molokai community,” said Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air. “The people of Molokai have embraced our service to the point that, on some days, there is not a single empty seat remaining. That means that people who want to fly with us are forced to fly with Mokulele and for that I apologize.”
In order to accommodate the increase in flight frequency, Makani Kai Air just took delivery of
another Cessna Grand Caravan, the company’s fourth. It also operates a twin-engine Piper
“Our customers tell us they appreciate not having to go through a TSA line, and the $50
fare is also a great incentive to fly with us,” said Schuman. “There’s no guessing what the
airfare might be on a holiday weekend or any other time. It’s always $50.”
Located at 130 Iolana Place along Lagoon Drive, Makani Kai Air is on the other side of the airport, away from the terminals and traffic congestion. Handy parking is nearby, so passengers
are encouraged to arrive just 15 minutes prior to departure.
Makani Kai Air Charters, an FAA 135 scheduled air carrier, was established by Schuman
Aviation Company, Ltd., in 2009. The parent company also operates Makani Kai Helicopters.
The aviation company operates four Cessna Grand Caravan turbine aircraft, a Piper Chieftain
twin-engine airplane, two Eurocopter AS-350 A-Stars, and two MD-500 helicopters. Schuman
Aviation Company, Ltd. is the only company of its type in the U.S. accredited by the
International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations. Makani Kai is also an FAA certified
145 Repair Station. Makani Kai Air has twice been awarded the Essential Air Service contract