HONOLULU - It's been over 20 years since Kauai's north shore has seen regular air service, but beginning May 1st, Makani Kai Air will change that.

“Residents of Kauai’s North Shore have not seen regular air service since Island Air ceased operations to Princeville Airport in 1997,” said Richard Schuman, owner of Makani Kai Air.

The airline will begin twice daily round trip air service between Honolulu and Princeville Airport on Kaua'i Wednesday, May 1st -- costing passengers $125 each way.

Nine total passengers can fly on the twin-engine Piper Chieftain, with a travel time of approximately 48 minutes.

“Our customers appreciate not having to fight traffic into Lihue, not having to go through a TSA line, and they appreciate our fixed airfare, which doesn’t change from day to day," said Schuman. "There are no surprises over what our airfare might be on a holiday weekend or any other time.”

There will be short and long-term parking available at the Princeville Airport and at Makani Kai's Honolulu terminal. Avis at the Princeville Airport will have rental cars available.