go! to close on 1 April

Mesa Air Group’s Hawai’ian carrier, go!, will end operations on 1 April the parent company has announced.

The airline began in June 2006 and has served nearly five million passengers. It will continue to provide its passengers “with safe and reliable transportation” through to its last day of service, said Mesa, and will work with passengers and Hawaiian Airlines to minimise the impact on passengers.

The decision to cease operations in Hawai’i follows significant growth in the company’s flight operations on mainland USA and was a strategic decision to focus the organisation on maximising its growth in the capacity purchase ‘codeshare’ operations which compose more than 98% of the company’s business.

“While this was an extremely difficult decision to reach, we believe it is in the best interest of Mesa’s long term strategic objectives, particularly given the company’s ongoing expansion of aircraft in service with United Airlines and US Airways. Mesa will be placing into service 30 E175 aircraft with United beginning in June 2014, and is adding four CRJ900s with US Airways in 2014, having added nine CRJ900s in 2013,” explained Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and CEO.

“With the significant expansion opportunities in flying large regional jets in contracted service, we are re-deploying the go! aircraft to support our existing mainland operations. An additional factor that we accounted for was the long term increase in the cost of fuel, which has more than doubled since go! began service and has caused sustained profitability to be elusive,” added Ornstein.

Under the terms of an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, go! will be able to re-book passengers ticketed through go! for travel scheduled between 1 April and 30 June 2014 in specified fare classes on Hawaiian’s interisland network. go! will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on Hawaiian Airlines, or which hold tickets for travel after 30 June 2014.

“On behalf of Mesa Air Group, I would like to thank all of our many loyal passengers and the continued hard work and dedication of our employees – all of whom will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines. While we say goodbye to our many passengers in Hawaii, we look forward to serving you on the mainland through our significant codeshare operations,” said Ornstein.

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