Mokulele Airlines has set July 1 as a target date to start three daily round-trip flights between Kahului and west Oahu, according to an announcement Wednesday.
Mokulele is working with the state Department of Transportation Airports Division to complete construction projects and other preparations needed to open the new Kalaeloa Airport at the former Barbers Point Naval Air Base John Rogers Field, the announcement said.
Mokulele would provide the first commercial service at the new airport. For now, the airline is working on flight scheduling and staffing.
The airport's opening for commercial traffic will initially create six to 10 new positions for customer service agents, ramp agents, mechanics, pilots and management personnel, the airline said.
Mokulele's new service from Kalaeloa will make air travel to and from Maui more convenient for west Oahu residents as well as for Maui residents visiting the resorts and attractions in Oahu's southwest region, according to the announcement.
When the new service begins, Kalaeloa will become the ninth airport Mokulele serves, the airline said.
As with most of the other airports Mokulele serves, parking is available and passengers will save time by not being required to go through airport security screenings, the airline said.
Special introductory Kahului-Kalaeloa fares will start at $69 one way, including taxes and fees, the airline said. For Mokulele's current schedule, visit www.mokuleleairlines. com.
The fares are good for travelers who book through May 31 and fly by Aug. 31.
Headquartered in Kailua-Kona, Mokulele Airlines began flying passengers in Hawaii in 1994. In 2011, it was purchased by TransPac Aviation Inc.
Currently, the airline offers more than 120 flights daily to Maui County, Oahu and the Big Island. It has a fleet of nine-passenger, turbine-powered Cessna Grand Caravans.
For more information, visit mokuleleairlines.com or facebook.com/mokulele or call (866) 260-7070.