Remember last year when the Hawaii Superferry first set sail and caused so many complaints and confrontations between residents of Oahu, Kauai and Maui? Well now it seems that slowly those days are being forgotten and now the Superferry is becoming used more and more, at least by those going between Oahu and Maui, to travel interisland.
Maybe it’s the sudden shutdown of Aloha Airlines or perhaps the continued increase in Hawaiian Airlines fares that is causing the new interest in the once shunned Hawaii Superferry. Since Aloha Airlines is gone because of what many believe is GO! Airlines fault, local residents that continue to fly have remained clear of GO! and moved on to using Hawaiian Airlines. I believe that even though times are tough and fuel prices have increased, Hawaiian Airlines continues to creep those airfare prices up knowing that people who would much rather fly, will in fact pay the price to Hawaiian Airlines instead of being considered a somewhat traitor by taking the cheaper fare and flying GO!
The change in attitude was evident this past holiday weekend which showed just how much the Hawaii Superferry ridership numbers have increased going from the previous average of about 100 to almost 400 people per trip which is close to half the max capacity of 866 people allowed. They have even increased the trips from one to two a day on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between Oahu and Maui.
Shake ups in the local airline industry, increasing prices in airline tickets and maybe even a new CEO have turned the Hawaii Superferry into a new useful option for interisland travel. So what do you think? Hawaii Superferry now super cool…or still not?
Hawaii Superferry: http://www.hawaiisuperferry.com