Unable to find a buyer and running out of cash, Hawaii’s ubiquitous Aloha Airlines is shutting down operations after today, idling 1,900 workers and ending more than six decades of island-hopping and transpacific flights, the Honolulu Advertiser reports. The airline filed for bankruptcy March 20 because of rising fuel prices and fierce competition from startup go! airlines.
Aloha, Hawaii’s second-largest carrier, operated some 700 interisland flights and 120 flights to the mainland weekly. Aloha said it is working with code-share partner United Airlines to honor Aloha tickets, and Hawaiian Airlines said it would increase capacity and take as many Aloha passengers as it can for free through April 3.