Makani Kai Air to Fly to Kona
Makani Kai News Release
Makani Kai Air will begin air service between Kahului, Maui and Kailua-Kona on Aug. 1. The airline announced today that it will offer four daily round trips at a $49 introductory airfare each way on the new route. Reservations must be made online at MakaniKaiAir.com by Aug. 31 and travel must be completed by Sept. 30 to receive that rate.
“The people of Molokai and Maui are the reason that we’re growing,” said Richard Schuman, owner of Makani Kai Air. “Many of our customers have asked us to open up a Kahului to Kona route, and we believe that the move makes sense.”
Once the introductory promotion is finished, the regular airfare will be set at $75 for every seat on every flight every day.
“Our fixed fare strategy is winning converts,” said Schuman. “People appreciate the fact that they can plan ahead knowing the airfare won’t change. It will remain the same on weekends, holidays or any other time.”
The airline will provide service with its nine-passenger Cessna Grand Caravans. The total
flight time between airports is approximately 45 minutes. Makani Kai Air began serving Princeville on Kauai with direct flights from Honolulu May 1, adding to its routes between Ho’olehua, Kalaupapa, Honolulu and Kahului.
Makani Kai Air, an FAA 135 scheduled air carrier, was established by Schuman Aviation Company, Ltd., in 2009. The parent company also operates Magnum Helicopters, often featured in the CBS crime dramas Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-0.
The aviation company now operates seven Cessna Grand Caravan turbine aircraft, two Piper Chieftain twin-engine airplanes, a Eurocopter AS-350 A-Star, and three MD-500 helicopters. Makani Kai Air is Hawaii’s authorized Cessna Service Center and is an FAA certified 145 Repair Station. The company has twice been awarded the Essential Air Service contract for Kalaupapa.