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New Island Air owner indicates layoffs likely

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 11:51 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2013

Island Air’s pending sale to an undisclosed buyer likely will result in layoffs.

The regional carrier said in a letter to employees dated Thursday that “the potential acquirer has indicated it expects Island Air will engage in a right sizing of the Island Air workforce as it transitions to new ownership.”

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released the letter Monday in which the company’s 245 employees were given 60 days notice under the Hawaii Dislocated Workers Act that their employment may end on March 11 or later. There was no indication how many of the 245 employees may lose their jobs.

Island Air officials told the Star-Advertiser on Thursday that no layoffs were planned at this time.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
on January 14,2013 | 10:45AM
Sunny wrote:
They lied!
on January 14,2013 | 10:58AM
pfpix wrote:
Hopefully they will lay off the employees who have been discriminatory against Molokai passengers and the Molokai route. They can start cutting employees with the current airline management and operations team.
on January 14,2013 | 11:43AM
KalaeHale wrote:
pfpix, I'm with you.
on January 14,2013 | 01:16PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
What did you think was gonna happen. In any merger and acquisition, HEADCOUNT REDUCTION is the first thing that happens. They didn't lie. They just said that on Thursday they had no plans for layoffs. Over the weekend they changed their minds.
on January 14,2013 | 11:50AM
SueH wrote:
And if you had been captain of the Titanic, would you most likely have announced "Don't worry folks, we're just stopping for ice"?
on January 14,2013 | 12:24PM
loquaciousone wrote:
nyuk nyuk nyuk
on January 14,2013 | 01:17PM
mr808surfguy wrote:
i bet it is Go! airlines that is buying them
on January 14,2013 | 12:53PM
haolenate wrote:
Island Air doesn't compete on any routes with go!..... maybe Island Air is running a lousy operation, ever consider that?
on February 3,2013 | 08:25PM
islandsun wrote:
Thats why the gov has to raise taxes on big business too. They are not hiring, just squeezing more out of what they got and laying off. Mainly the new ventures are offering new jobs.
on January 14,2013 | 01:12PM
rigormortis wrote:
That's right! Tax um till they guarantee our jobs so we can just cruise. Big business have to be forced to hire! Shame on them trying to make a profit. Inefficiency ensures plenty jobs! Take from the rich and give to the poor, so we can start new ventures and offer new jobs, then get greedy too....
on January 14,2013 | 06:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It is okay Hawaiian hiring. As long as Hawaiian expands the pie, then former Aloha, Mahalo, Go!, Island Air, Charley's Taxi, Kenny's Burgerhouse, etc. employees can apply at Hawaiian.
on January 14,2013 | 01:33PM
kanapuu22 wrote:
...Larry Ellison perhaps?
on January 14,2013 | 01:43PM
entrkn wrote:
I sympathize with the employees... I was working for TWA for 11 years and 9 months (3 months before my term pass) and was at the top of my pay scale when the airlines were deregulated... and they called me in and gave me the choice to quit or get fired.
on January 14,2013 | 02:52PM
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