Hawaiian Airlines Responds to U.S. DOT Approval of Interisland Cooperation Agreement

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines today received confirmation that its joint application with Aloha Airlines, Inc., to the U.S. Department of Transportation to coordinate seat capacity in the Hawaii interisland market has been approved. The Interisland Cooperation Agreement takes effect October 1, 2002, and expires October 1, 2003.

In approving the joint application, USDOT approved a Cooperation Agreement outlining the two carriers' proposal to enhance the operational efficiency of both airlines in providing critical air transportation among the islands of Hawaii by coordinating seat capacity in the aggregate. The Agreement does not include coordination of specific flight schedules or fares.

John W. Adams, Hawaiian's chairman, chief executive officer and president, said, “We are pleased that the department has recognized Hawaii's unique circumstances and agrees that this is in the public interest. We are especially grateful to Hawaii's congressional delegation and Governor Cayetano for their leadership in supporting this agreement.”

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