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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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Consequently, Southwest Airlines ’ ETOPS certification process has been put on hold until the shutdown is over. As of today, there is no end in Southwest Airlines has not announced an official start date for its Hawaii flights . There has been speculation that the flights were set to commence in

Southwest Airlines ' much-anticipated flights to Hawaii are likely another casualty of the current The nearly three-week partial government shutdown due to a standoff between US President Donald Trump and It’s those additional approvals that will be put on hold during the government shutdown .

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.

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

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.

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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