Does Southwest fly to Hawaii? Yes! It’s true! The airline announced late in 2017 that they will begin Hawaii flights in late 2018 or early 2019!
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CEO Gary Kelly says the plan is to sell tickets in late 2018, though they don’t yet have a specific schedule. On August 7, 2018, the Beat of Hawaii blog reported that a Southwest executive said the flights would be available for booking by October, if not earlier, and would be set to take off just a few weeks after.
They had previously reiterated in April 2018 and May 2018 press releases that they were on track to sell tickets for flights to Hawaii in 2018.
In a January 2018 earnings conference call, Kelly had indicated it’s possible flights will begin in late 2018, dependent on Federal Aviation Administration approval, though indicated early 2019 will be more likely.
The flights will be from four cities in California, including:
- San Jose
- San Diego
In April 2018, Southwest announced it will fly into Maui, as well as the Big Island of Hawaii, Oahu and Kauai. The airports they will serve include:
- Honolulu International Airport (Oahu)
- Lihue Airport (Kauai)
- Kona International Airport at Keahole (Island of Hawaii)
- Kahului Airport (Maui)
Kelly says the new Boeing MAX aircraft will be the plane they will use for Hawaii flights, but there are some additional certifications they need to complete first.
Here’s what he had to say when the new destination was originally announced in 2017:
“A day long-awaited by our customers, fans, and more than 55,000 of the world’s most-loved airline employees is finally within sight—a day that will showcase your hospitality, about as far Southwest as you can go in the U.S. Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordably. We’re ready and excited to address a request we’ve heard for years.”
You can watch the announcement for yourself below:
You can not yet book flights to Hawaii, but we’ll let you know as soon as those are released. Here’s hoping for end of 2018!
What do you think?! Are you excited!! Who’s making plans to go to Hawaii already! (Hand raised…)
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