$80,000,000 Could Mean “Go to go!”
Mesa Air Group on Tuesday was ordered by a federal judge to pay Hawaiian Airlines $80 million in damages for using confidential business information to gain an unfair advantage against its inter-island competitors.
Faris declined to order go! to stop flying, saying the $80 million judgment adequately compensates Hawaiian.
I have to wonder if this ruling today by Judge Robert Faris will at the very least stop the crazy Air Fare War going on between our three inter-island air carriers. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the long range effect of money losing fares will not be a benefit to the islands. Driving each other into the red is crazy.
Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerley called the ruling “a triumph for fair competition and ethics over dishonesty and illegal behavior. Nobody benefits when a company like Mesa misuses confidential information to gain an unfair competitive advantage then lies about it and destroys evidence.”