Regionals Update: Island Air to fly from KC

 - June 9, 2008, 7:18 AM

The DOT has awarded Hawaii’s Island Air the rights to fly three EAS routes from Kansas City International Airport now served by Mesa Air Group subsidiary Air Midwest. The Mesa-owned Beech 1900 operator filed a 90-day notice to withdraw from Joplin, Mo.; Grand Island, Neb.; and Harrison, Ark., on January 22, but EAS rules require it to stay until a replacement airline begins service. Island Air hasn’t yet committed to a start date for its first service on the mainland, however, although it said it expects to have a de Havilland Dash 8-100 ready within 90 to 120 days. It plans eventually to fly three of the 37-seat turboprops on the routes.