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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

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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

Southwest : ‘Maddening’ Shutdown Has Completely Stalled Progress to Hawaii . Southwest stated if the shutdown ended today, planes could still be in the air to Hawaii in the first quarter, but that window is soon to be pushed into the second quarter if the shutdown isn’t resolved quickly.

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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