A new company is hoping to start a new interisland airline it describes as a low-cost carrier.
FlyHawaii Airlines, which is scheduled to announce its plans at a news conference Wednesday at the Kona Airport on the Big Island, is advertising a number of jobs on its Web site.
However, a state spokesman and a federal Web site say the airline doesn't yet have the required federal certification to begin operating.
The airline also must get permission from the state Department of Transportation for space at Hawaii's airports, and must get clearance from other state agencies, said Scott Ishikawa, spokesman for the transportation department.
Chris Parsons, the airline's vice president of administration, said FlyHawaii hopes to begin flying by the end of this year or sometime next year.
Parsons said the airline, headed by Lion Coffee founder James Delano, will use turboprop aircraft for its interisland routes. The ATR-72 can seat 66 or 68 people.