Southwest Secures Approval for Hawai’i Flights
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Southwest Airlines secured permission from the Federal Aviation Administration last month to begin flights to the Hawai’ian Islands.
Southwest hasn’t announced when it will start selling tickets, but plans to connect the islands from the West Coast. The approval is a major accomplishment in the airline’s growth plan for this year.
Last month, Southwest completed its first touchdown in Hawai’i as part of the FAA authorization process. The airline flew a Boeing 737-800 to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Southwest released plans to fly to Hawai’i in October 2017, with the goal of selling tickets by 2018, but the partial government shutdown earlier this year delayed those plans.
Southwest is planning to fly to Hawai’i from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento. It will fly into Honolulu, Kahului on Maui, Kona and Lihue on Kauai, and offer service between the islands.
The airline’s entry into the market is expected to drive down prices to Hawai’i overall.