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TravelSouthwest Airlines Hawaii Flights On Hold Due to Government Shutdown

23:42  14 january  2019
23:42  14 january  2019 Source:   travelpulse.com

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Southwest can't sell tickets to Hawaii until they get full ETOPS approval which was stalled by the shutdown . Southwest planned to sell tickets in late 2018 and have flights to Hawaii debuting in early 2019, but until they receive full ETOPS certification, customers must wait patiently for tickets to

Southwest Airlines ' long-awaited flights to Hawaii are on hold due to the federal government shutdown . The problem: The airline needs to complete the Federal Aviation Administration's certification process for extended overwater flights , but the FAA workers who oversee those so-called

Add Southwest Airlines and Southwest customers to the long list of people who are not happy with the government shutdown.

Southwest Airlines has been waiting a long time to begin flights to Hawaii and it appears the government shutdown is going to make that wait longer.

To begin the Hawaii routes, the airline needs to complete the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) certification process for extended overwater flights, which is referred to as ETOPS approval. FAA workers who manage these approvals are on furlough like many other federal workers.

Southwest Airlines Hawaii Flights On Hold Due to Government Shutdown© Getty Images PHOTO: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8. (Angel Di Bilio / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus)

Before the shutdown, Southwest received some ETOPS approvals like those that dealt with proposed procedures and manuals, but it didn’t receive approval on “validation” flights in time before the shutdown.

Shutdown Stalls Southwest Airlines Plan to Begin Hawaii Service

Shutdown Stalls Southwest Airlines Plan to Begin Hawaii Service 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 Airlines ' highly anticipated plans to launch flights to Hawaii have been put on hold — at least temporarily — because of the partial shutdown of the We are anxious for the government to resolve this shutdown so we can bring low fares and a boost to Hawaii 's travel and tourism industry."

Southwest Airlines : Government shutdown hurt bookings by up to million in January. The airline also has had to put Hawaii plans on hold because of the "We are anxious for the government to resolve this shutdown so we can bring low fares and a boost to Hawaii 's travel and tourism industry

Despite the hold-off on Hawaii flights, Brian Parrish, a Southwest spokesman, said that the airline is continuing to prepare for Hawaii internally.

"We are ready to continue the ETOPS application process when the FAA is allowed to resume full certification activities,'' the airline said in a statement Monday, reported USA Today.

Southwest planned to sell tickets in late 2018 and have flights to Hawaii debuting in early 2019, but until they receive full ETOPS certification, customers must wait patiently for tickets to go on sale.

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