Regionals Update: Island Air to fly from KC
The DOT has awarded Hawaii’s Island Air the rights to fly three EAS routes from Kansas City International Airport now served by Mesa Air Group subsidiary Air Midwest. The Mesa-owned Beech 1900 operator filed a 90-day notice to withdraw from Joplin, Mo.; Grand Island, Neb.; and Harrison, Ark., on January 22, but EAS rules require it to stay until a replacement airline begins service. Island Air hasn’t yet committed to a start date for its first service on the mainland, however, although it said it expects to have a de Havilland Dash 8-100 ready within 90 to 120 days. It plans eventually to fly three of the 37-seat turboprops on the routes.