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The price of crude oil is down. Have you noticed? The price of gasoline is down as a result. The mainland average is just under $3.00 a gallon. Here in Hawaii, it’s about $3.70 on Oahu and, because most everything is more expensive on the neighbor islands, it’s still over four bucks where I live on Maui. But that’s a half-a-buck less than it was a year ago.

Chateau at Azay-le-Rideau (Jim Loomis photo)

But here’s my question: Considering that the airlines pretty consistently cite the cost of jet fuel when they increase fares, why is the cost of airline tickets going up if the price of oil is coming down? Earlier this week, it cost me $236 to fly from Maui to Honolulu and back … and it’s about a 22-minute flight.