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CARES Act Air Service Exemptions for Hawaiian Airlines and Silver Airways Extensions

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation is acting on requests from Hawaiian Airlines and Silver Airways for exemption from the CARES Act airline service obligations announced in Order 2020-4-2.  This is the fourth request of Hawaiian Airlines to extend its exemption to suspend service temporarily to Pago Pago, American Samoa from August 1 through August 31, 2020.  Hawaiian Airlines’ extension request is supported by the Governor of American Samoa.  The Department finds that granting Hawaiian Airlines’ request is warranted and thus, Hawaiian Airlines is not obligated to provide service at American Samoa through August 31, 2020.  Silver Airways requests that the Department extend, from August 1 through September 30, 2020, its current exemption that allows it to reduce, from three flights per week to one flight per week, its minimum service obligation at Miami and Orlando, Florida.  The Department finds that granting Silver Airways’ request is warranted and thus, Silver Airways is obligated to provide one weekly flight at Miami and Orlando, Florida through September 30, 2020.  The requests and the Notices of Action Taken can be found on www.regulations.gov by searching “Docket-DOT-OST-2020-0037.” The Department continues to review additional requests for exemption as well as the comments being submitted in the docket.  Media inquiries should be directed to pressoffice@dot.gov.