Aloha Airlines said Sunday (March 30, 2008) it will halt all passenger service after Monday (March 31, 2008), basically bringing to an end the airline that has transported passengers to Hawaii for over 60 years.

Aloha, which filed for bankruptcy for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 21, couldn’t keep up with the rising fuel prices and fierce competition a casualty of fierce competition and rising fuel prices. The airline said it will stop taking reservations for flights after Monday.

“We simply ran out of time to find a qualified buyer or secure continued financing for our passenger business,” said Aloha President David Banmiller in a statement. “We had no choice but to take this action.”

Aloha said tickets for flights after Monday will not be honored. It said it is working to have United Airlines accommodate passengers with tickets for Aloha’s mainland to Hawaii flights. It hopes to seat those with interisland tickets on Hawaiian Airlines.

Aloha has canceled Monday flights from Hawaii to the West Coast and between several cities in California and Nevada. It’s last day for interisland travel will be Monday.

Aloha advised passengers who don’t want to fly another airline and who want a refund to contact their travel agents or credit card companies. Those who paid by cash or check may file a claim in bankruptcy court.

The shutdown will affect about 1,900 employees.

WOW, so an airline can just give a one day notice to it’s paid passengers and employees?

Should airlines be required to give at least a 30 day notice to it’s paid passengers and employees?