Go! Airlines prepares for final day of operationsUPDATED 7:56 PM HST Mar 31, 2014Video Transcript
Good evening. I'm Lara Yamada -- in for Paula Akana. It's been said the month of March -- "comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb." Well, the same can be said of Go Airlines. After making a big splash in 2006, Go's departure -- may hardly be missed. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has more in our top story at 5... Andrew? Lara, today is Go's final day of operations. Some travelers say it's about time, while others say they'll miss the option of flying on the discount carrier. You won't get any sympathy from Sal Alcantar of Kona about go! Airlines going away. SAL ALCANTAR: "WE HAD TO LAYOVER TWO DAYS HERE IN HONOLULU, WHICH WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN AND WAS NOT IN OUR PLANS." But other interisland travelers like Koki Foster of Molokai say despite nearly constant flight delays, go! will be missed. KOKI FOSTER: "UNFORTUNATEL Y, IT REDUCES OUR OPTIONS FOR GOING OFF ISLAND FOR WORK OR TO VISIT FAMILY. SO, IN THAT WAY IT'S REALLY DEVASTATING FOR MOLOKAI I THINK." The basic principle of supply and demand might have travelers 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. PETER FORMAN: "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." The greater impact on interisland travel comes from Monday's announcement that Island Air is purchasing two Q400 NextGen turboprop planes, with an option to acquire an additional four. The Q400's will seat 71 passengers, fly nearly as fast as Hawaiian's Boeing 717's and are highly fuel efficient. PETER FORMAN: "NOBODY ELSE WANTED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY WHILE GO! WAS IN THE MARKET. NOW THAT GO! IS LEAVING YOU CAN SEE OTHER PLAYERS SUCH AS ISLAND AIR ARE PONEYING UP AND GETTING SOME PRETTY NICE AIRPLANES. IT'S GOING TO BE A POSITIVE." Island Air's announcement of new aircraft comes a few weeks after Hawaiian Airlines launched its Ohana Service with ATR-42 airplanes, which seats 48 people. The service features three daily trips between Honolulu and Molokai, and two daily trips to Lanai. Alcantar says he's already a fan of Hawaiian, but is willing to give Island Air a try if the carrier proves to be better than Go! at customer service. SAL ALCANTAR: "THEY GOT TO BE UP THERE WITH HAWAIIAN, IF NOT, IT'S GOING TO BE THE SAME THING." Hawaiian Air will have additional customer service representatives on hand tomorrow to handle any of the overflow from go! Hawaiian says it offers about 20,000 inster-island seats every day, and doesn't see capacity being an issue with go!'s departure. Our calls and emails to Go! have gone unanswered. Lara?