Aloha Airlines halting passenger service

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Aloha Airlines is throwing in the towel, a victim of stiff competition and rising fuel prices.

Aloha says it will halt all passenger service after Monday, signaling the end of an airline that has served Hawaii for more than 60 years.

Aloha, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 20, says it will stop taking reservations for flights after Monday.

Aloha President David Banmiller says the airline "simply ran out of time to find a qualified buyer or secure continued financing for our passenger business."

Aloha has suffered since Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group launched a new inter-island carrier called go! airlines in 2006, triggering a local airfare war.

Banmiller says Aloha was a victim of "unfair competition."

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