Hawaii-based Mokulele Airlines about to enter the California market


Hawaii-based Mokulele Airlines is moving some operations from the Aloha State to California.

A new second home for this small Hawaii airline will be Imperial County. Under a contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the airline will provide essential air service to this region beginning May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2018. Service will partially be paid by U.S. taxpayers to provide air service to this region.

After taking a diligent approach to the three proposals presented by Boutique Air, Great Lakes Aviation and Mokulele Airlines, the U.S. Department of Transportation finally reached a verdict late on Friday.

Imperial County is home to approximately 180,000 residents which live and work within its seven cities (Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial and Westmorland) and eight unincorporated communities (Bombay Beach, Heber, Niland, Ocotillo, Palo Verde, Salton City, Seeley and Winterhaven). The county was the last to be established in California in 1907; however it is the ninth largest California County encompassing 4,284 square miles.

Imperial County has much to offer. it includes rich agricultural heritage, which includes the production of half of our nation’s winter vegetables, an extensive amount of renewable resources, including geothermal, wind, and solar, a wide-range of cultural and outdoor recreational activities with hundreds of points of interest such as the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, a magnet for off-road enthusiasts, and the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wild.