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TravelShutdown Stalls Southwest Airlines Plan to Begin Hawaii Service

20:10  14 january  2019
20:10  14 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Southwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019

Southwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019 Southwest's first 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 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.

Efforts by Southwest Airlines Co. to begin flights to Hawaii have fallen victim to the government shutdown . The carrier has done all it can to secure Southwest had expected to begin selling tickets for Hawaii flights in late 2018 and to start service this quarter. The carrier announced its Hawaii

Efforts by Southwest Airlines Co. to begin flights to Hawaii have fallen victim to the government shutdown . The carrier has done all it can to secure certification to begin service but can’t move forward without approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for extended flights over water, or

Shutdown Stalls Southwest Airlines Plan to Begin Hawaii Service © Bloomberg Southwest Airlines Co. Boeing Co. 737 aircraft sit on the tarmac at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif. (Bloomberg) -- Efforts by Southwest Airlines Co. to begin flights to Hawaii have fallen victim to the government shutdown.

The carrier has done all it can to secure certification to begin service but can’t move forward without approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for extended flights over water, or ETOPS, the Dallas-based airline said in a statement Monday. Southwest set no new timeline for selling tickets or beginning Hawaii flights.

“The groups within the FAA that oversee ETOPS authorizations are furloughed, and our next steps require their direct participation and oversight,” the carrier said.

Southwest had expected to begin selling tickets for Hawaii flights in late 2018 and to start service this quarter. The carrier announced its Hawaii plans in July 2017.

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