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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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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.

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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.”

Southwest’s Hawaii Flights Are Coming Sooner Than We Thought

Southwest’s Hawaii Flights Are Coming Sooner Than We Thought Christmas is coming a bit earlier for Hawaii lovers. According to reports, Southwest Airlines is mere “weeks away” from selling its very first tickets for its flights to the island paradise. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said the company will be able to launch ticket sales rather quickly after it finally receives approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for its routes. "Weeks, not months," Kelly said. "We're ready to roll." According to Kelly, he expects the company will be able to begin service during the peak winter season.

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Southwest Airlines could start service to Hawaii as soon as March/April 2019 . Here are the latest details about when Southwest flights to Hawaii will This is a very important step in our journey to ETOPS authorization.” Their sources say the earliest flights would begin would be March or April 2019 .

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 is Finally Going to Fly to Hawaii.
The Federal Aviation Administration has just approved the carrier's request to service the Aloha State.

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