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Airlines returning to normal after additional cancellations

  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS
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The state’s three largest airlines all said operations will return to normal Saturday after two days of flight cancellations and delays caused by Tropical Storm Iselle.

Other carriers are expected to be back in full force as well.

Hawaiian Airlines didn’t need to cancel any flights Friday but did delay some and re-routed a Los Angeles-Kauai flight to Honolulu. Island Air canceled all its flights while Mokulele Airlines suspended all its flights except for the Kahului-Kona route, which resumed service at noon.

"We’re pleased that Island Air is flying again," Island Air Chief Executive Officer Paul Casey said in a statement. "The well-being and safety of our guests and employees is always a priority."

Other airlines that canceled some flights included Alaska Airlines, Fiji Airways, Jetstar Airways, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian and US Airways.

Overall, there were nearly 150 flight canceled Friday, slightly more than the approximate 140 that were canceled Thursday.

 Some airlines are allowing passengers to change their flight without fees. Island Air is offering passengers an open-ended date to re-book with no re-booking fee.

Passengers are urged to contact their airline carriers directly to confirm their flights and make any changes to existing reservations prior to leaving for the airport.

For ongoing travel-related updates, including closures and flight cancellations, visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s website at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert.

Visitors in Hawaii or coming to the islands can monitor information from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/) and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/).

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