For bet­ter or worse, Al­le­giant leaves Hawaii

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES - By Gene Wein­garten

Al­le­giant Air has ended its Hawaii ser­vice for eco­nomic rea­sons. As much as we hate to lose “lift” of Hawaii-bound vis­i­tors, the car­rier had its share of de­trac­tors who won’t be miss­ing it.

The head­lines over the years haven’t been too cheery. La­bor dis­putes, an emer­gency land­ing due to smoke in the cabin, a com­puter out­age caus­ing de­lays, and on it goes. The fares were low but the add-on fees some­times sur­prised pas­sen­gers.

If South­west Air­lines ser­vice pans out as hoped, is­land trav­el­ers will have more op­tions next year. And Al­le­giant will still serve Hawaii’s “ninth is­land” — Las Ve­gas.

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