HONOLULU — The company that operates a ferry between Maui and Molokai is looking to put an end to the service after nearly 30 years due to low ridership.
Dave Jung, Sea Link Hawaii’s general manager, said the company lost $500,000 last year. He attributed the decrease in passengers to more people flying between the two islands, which is a faster option for travelers and costs them about as much as the $62 ferry ride.
SeaLink has filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission for permission to shutter its Molokai ferry operations, KHON-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2cKy6bk).
“It’ll be very difficult for the PUC to try to force us to run, and it’ll just force us into bankruptcy, but if the state and county are unwilling to take the losses, I mean how could you expect a private operator to take the losses?” Jung said.
The ferry fills only about half its capacity on a typical ride with about 25 passengers, who are both tourists and locals, Jung said.
The commission is accepting public comment on the matter through Sept. 27 and a decision is expected within a month.
Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com