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TravelSouthwest Airlines Hawaii Flights Likely to Be Delayed Months

22:40  24 january  2019
22:40  24 january  2019 Source:   travelpulse.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.

Southwest Airlines ' long-awaited flights to Hawaii are likely going to be delayed for months due to the government shutdown, executives said Thursday. It is the first time the airline has put a timetable on the impact of the shutdown. Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said the airline

Southwest Airlines ' long-awaited flights to Hawaii are likely going to be delayed for months due to the government shutdown, executives said Thursday. It is the first time the airline has put a timetable on the impact of the shutdown. Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said the airline

Travelers will likely have to wait a few more months to fly Southwest Airlines to Hawaiidue to certification delays resulting from the ongoing government shutdown.

According to USA Today, airline executives finally revealed a timetable on Thursday, with Southwest's Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven saying there's a "reasonable chance'' of the low-cost carrier beginning service by end of March if the shutdown ends within a week.

However, if the shutdown—which began back on December 22—drags on longer than that he said the second quarter of 2019 (April-June) is the soonest flights would likely begin.

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.

Travelers will likely have to wait a few more months to fly Southwest Airlines to Hawaii due to certification delays resulting from the ongoing Southwest originally planned to begin selling tickets for Hawaii by late 2018 with flights debuting in early 2019. " Hawaii remains our expansion focus for

The airline 's first flights to Hawaii begin in March from Oakland to Honolulu. ( Southwest is not initially offering flights to Hawaii from Los Angeles or San Francisco, where there is more Hawaii service was delayed because of government shutdown. Southwest initially dangled the prospect of

Southwest Airlines Hawaii Flights Likely to Be Delayed Months© Southwest Airlines PHOTO: Southwest airplane. (photo via Southwest)

Southwest originally planned to begin selling tickets for Hawaii by late 2018 with flights debuting in early 2019.

"Hawaii remains our expansion focus for 2019 and we are in the final phase of obtaining authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Extended Operations (ETOPS) to operate between California and the Hawaiian Islands," Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said on Thursday's fourth-quarter earnings call.

"Our remaining work is currently suspended until the government reopens and the FAA is allowed to resume normal certification activities. We are well-prepared to perform the next steps in the ETOPS application process. 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," he added.

The airline also said that the shutdown has cost it an estimated $10 million to $15 million in lost revenue as furloughed government employees and contractors have been forced to scrap travel plans.

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