Go! Airlines has its final flight

By Ashley Moser
Published On: Apr 01 2014 07:43:51 AM HST
Updated On: Apr 01 2014 07:57:38 AM HST

Go! Airlines had its last flight on March 31, 2014.

HONOLULU -

Go! Airlines had its last flight in Hawaii Monday night.

The final flight was from Hilo to Honolulu.

Click here to see Ashley Moser's report.

KITV spoke with a crew who said this was a sad time for them.  Most of them have been here from the beginning -- all eight years.

They now have to look for new jobs and a lot of them said they weren't sure if they would be able to find any here in Hawaii.  They could now be looking for jobs on the mainland.

This closure not only affects employees, but also customers.  Travelers may be thinking go!'s departure will lead to higher interisland fares.

However, retired commercial airline pilot and industry analyst Peter Forman says that's not the case this time.

"It's not going to change the market much because go! was down to two airplanes and Island Air already had more seats going to and from most of the big destinations already," said Forman.

The greater impact on interisland travel comes from Monday's announcement that Island Air is purchasing two Q4000 NextGen turboprops with an option to acquire an additional four.

The Q400s will seat 71 passengers, fly nearly as fast as Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 717s and are fuel efficient.

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