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TravelSouthwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019

19:30  02 december  2018
19:30  02 december  2018 Source:   travelpulse.com

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In early May, Southwest Airlines announced that it plans to use four gateway cities in California for Hawaii flights: Oakland, Sacramento, San If Southwest Airlines had been ready for a full launch of Hawaii service by the beginning of 2019 , industry capacity growth would have reaccelerated quickly.

The road for Southwest Airlines to launch its new service to Hawaii has taken longer than expected, and as a result, many have doubted that the airline would make good on its initial promise Meaning, we might not see tickets go on sale until early 2019 , with the first flights to follow a few weeks later.

The road for Southwest Airlines to launch its new service to Hawaii has taken longer than expected, and as a result, many have doubted that the airline would make good on its initial promise to begin selling tickets in 2018 for 2019 departures.

Southwest officials confirmed that timeline in October in an interview with USA Today. But more recent reports have been less optimistic, indicating that Southwest still needs to receive its ETOPS certificate from the FAA – a document that is required for commercial airlines flying long overwater routes – and that the process had been delayed for “up to 90 days.”

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Shutdown Stalls Southwest Airlines Plan to Begin Hawaii Service . Southwest originally planned to begin selling tickets for Hawaii by late 2018 with flights debuting in early 2019 . " Hawaii remains our expansion focus for 2019 and we are in the final phase of obtaining authorization from the Federal

Southwest Airlines made it known to the world that it has been working hard to offer passengers affordable fares on flights between the West Coast and Hawaii . The process has taken longer than expected and that is the reason why Southwest Airlines has yet to launch its new Hawaiian routes.

Meaning, we might not see tickets go on sale until early 2019, with the first flights to follow a few weeks later. Which is a bummer. But, aside from that one hiccup, everything else appears to be ready to roll. Southwest’s first non-stop flights to Hawaii will depart from Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose. The flights will serve Honolulu, Kahului, Lihue, and Kona. Hilo has also been mentioned, but not confirmed.

Southwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019© Southwest Airlines PHOTO: Southwest Boeing 737-300. (photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines)

Regardless of when Southwest begins its service, it is expected to have a large impact on the status quo. Airline industry analysts are predicting that Southwest’s presence in Hawaii could significantly lower fares and create “a game of one-upmanship [between airlines] unlike any since airline deregulation in the 1970s” as the carrier’s low-cost model competes with service-oriented carriers, like Hawaiian Airlines.

While that might not be good news for airlines already in Hawaii, it is certainly good news for the customer. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Southwest Airlines Begins Promoting Hawaii Flights on Website.
The tickets are not on sale yet, though.

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