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Mokulele Airlines to Layoff 10 Percent of Workforce

Mokulele Airlines confirmed to KITV4 that it plans to lay off 10 percent of its workforce. 

The Kona-based inter-island airline notified employees of the layoffs in an internal email sent on Wednesday.

“This is one of several efforts we are making to bring Mokulele to profitability,” Mokulele Airlines President Rob McKinney said in the memo. “As you can imagine, we can’t be here for the long term if our company continues to lose money each month.”

According to the company website, the airline employs more than 250 people in Hawai’i and California. McKinney said over staffing and lack of profitability are part of what led to the layoffs. “Some of our stations have been staffing up to seven people to turn a nine-seat plane. This is obviously not sustainable.”

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