Hawaiian Airlines Increases Baggage Fee for Interisland Flights
Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27 (DHN) – If you regularly fly interisland with Hawaiian Airlines, get ready to start packing less for your flights this fall. Hawaiian Airlines announced yesterday that they will be increasing baggage service fees on checked luggage beginning September 1, 2011. The first piece of checked luggage fee is increasing from $10 to $17. Hawaiian will keep the price of the 2nd checked bag at $17, and the 3rd and 4thchecked bag at $25 each. Hawaiian Holdings, the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, reported an operating loss of $4.9 million for the first quarter of 2011 in contrast to the $5.6 million operating income of the first quarter of 2010. Of course, this is due to rising fuel prices, and Hawaiian Airlines announced that increased checked luggage fee is a measure to help combat these rising operating costs. Incidentally, Hawaiian Holdings posted their 2nd quarter financial results yesterday, the same day as the increased luggage fee, of $50 million. However, this number is misleading because Hawaiian purchased 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft that were previously being leased by the airline. Without the termination of the lease and the subsequent purchase of the airplanes, Hawaiian had an adjusted net loss of $8 million this 2nd quarter. Aircraft fuel costs rose to $135.5 million this past year for the airline, a 72.3% increase. Despite the increased baggage fee, active U.S. military personnel will not pay the adjusted rate of traveling on government fares on flights in Hawaii. Exemptions also include car seats and strollers for passengers traveling with children. Also, passengers with mobility issues will not be charged extra for wheelchairs or walkers.