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According to the American Weekend Getaway Poll, conducted by Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 93 percent of respondents said they are likely to take driving weekend getaways in the next year. In addition, 20 percent responded that they are likely to consider renting a vehicle for such trips. Among other facts revealed, the study showed that one in six people (approximately 17 million Americans) have rented a vehicle for a weekend getaway in the past 12 months and that nearly seven in 10 motorists prefer weekend getaways to extended vacations because they are more economical.

Aloha Airlines and www.alohaairlines.com is boosting its service between Oakland and various Hawaii destinations to five roundtrips a day this summer. Aloha is launching seasonal service linking Oakland and Lihue, Kauai (LIH) on June 17; it will continue through Sept. 6. The carrier also is adding a second daily flight between Oakland and Honolulu (HNL) on July 2. It currently provides nonstop service between Oakland and Honolulu; Kahului, Maui (OGG); and Kona, on the Big Island (KOA), all using Boeing 737-700 aircraft accommodating 12 passengers in first class and 112 in coach.

Gavarnie Holding has completed its purchase of Island Air from Aloha Airgroup effective May 11. With the sale, Aloha Airgroup, parent company of Aloha Airlines, can focus on its primary Hawaii and long- haul routes. Travel Agent reported in December 2003, when the two parties signed a purchase agreement, Island Air's new owner plans to more than double its fleet of 37-seat de Havilland Dash-8 aircraft over the next few months and to significantly expand the scope of its interisland service. Thus, Island Air is set to launch daily service between Maui and Kona on the Big Island on May 13 2004. Island Air is continuing its marketing agreements with Aloha Airlines.

American Airlines filed a domestic across-the-board fare increase of $2 each way to offset its rising fuel costs. The increase is effective immediately and applies only to travel within the U.S. American said the price of crude oil is at its highest level since 1990 at $40 per barrel. Each one-cent rise in the price of a gallon of jet fuel costs American $30 million per year. There was no word at press time if other airlines were considering matching the increase.

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