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TravelWhy We Should All Care About Southwest Flying to Hawaii

21:31  27 february  2019
21:31  27 february  2019 Source:   cntraveler.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.

As of yesterday, Southwest Airlines has received FAA approval to start flying between the U . S . mainland and the Hawaiian Islands. And one recent analysis by Morgan Stanley suggests flights to Hawaii across all airlines will drop as much as 30 percent. once Southwest enters the game.

Southwest Airlines Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019. Southwest 's first flights to Hawaii will depart from Oakland, Sacramento, San The airline has been ready to launch flights for a few months, as Traveler's Meredith Carey reported, "with space already set up in Hawaiian airports"

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On February 5, a Southwest Airlines 737 landed at Honolulu Airport without any passengers. This was no ghost plane—rather, it was one big step toward FAA approval for the Dallas-based, low-cost airline to start flying between the U.S. mainland and the Hawaiian Islands. More than two weeks and additional test flights to Maui later, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly shared with employees Monday that the FAA has given a “thumbs up,” and all that remains is formal approval, which could come at any time.

If you've been following Southwest's progress, this might feel like a long time coming. The airline has been ready to launch flights for a few months, as Traveler's Meredith Carey reported, "with space already set up in Hawaiian airports" and plans to fly its 737s to Honolulu, Maui, and Kona from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose. And then came FAA delays, brought on by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Although the airfares and routes haven’t been announced, the start of Southwest flights to Hawaii is imminent, and locals as well as industry players are bracing for fresh waves of tourists to the Aloha state.

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 Hopeful to Begin Service to Hawaii in Early 2019. Southwest 's first flights to Hawaii will depart from Oakland, Sacramento, San The Federal Aviation Administration has just approved the carrier's request to service the Aloha State . Routes from the mainland to Hawaii were

02/27/2019 about, all , care , S, should , we , Why . On February 5, a Southwest Airlines 737 landed at Honolulu Airport without any passengers. This was no ghost plane—rather, it was one big step toward FAA approval for the Dallas-based, low-cost airline to start flying between the U . S . mainland and the

Will these flights change Hawaii tourism?

Despite the Big Island’s Kilauea volcano spewing lava in 2018, tourism to Hawaii continues to trend upward. The state welcomed 845,072 visitors, who spent approximately $1.4 billion in August 2018 alone, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The promise of swaying palm trees and freshly mixed Mai Tais in a place where your cell phone isn’t on international roaming is a major attraction, but is the state ready for even more visitors?

Michael J. Pye, general manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui, is looking forward to the new flights for more reasons than just selling rooms, he says. Southwest's “added airlift” supports the Hawaii tourism industry “multiple layers deep,” from creating more jobs to supporting local businesses looking to showcase Hawaiian culture to first-time visitors. Pye stresses the travel industry’s role in being responsible hosts, too: “It becomes our kuleana [privilege/responsibility] to educate and enrich [guests] about the deeply rooted Hawaiian culture. We will look for opportunities to collaborate with Southwest to ensure the environmental footprint of these new visitors is minimized, from their awareness of protecting our natural resources (reef and marine animal protection) to supporting green operations and sustainable practices,” he says.

Will Southwest Sell Tickets to Hawaii Next Week? No, But Here’s What Is Planned.

Will Southwest Sell Tickets to Hawaii Next Week? No, But Here’s What Is Planned. This was (finally) the week that we saw a Southwest Airlines plane land in Hawaii with iconic Diamond Head in the background. On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines flight 8275 landed at 2:50pm at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) after flying from California’s Oakland International Airport (OAK) with only FAA inspectors and Southwest ETOPS crew on …

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Hawaii residents will also naturally benefit from more flight options to and from the islands. Lace Reyes, a born-and-bred Moloka’i local who frequently takes a Mokulele Airlines hopper to Maui to catch mainland-bound flights, says she's optimistic about the new Southwest service: “A lot of us have family who moved to the mainland for work or the stability they couldn’t find here, so if there’s an airline that allows us to visit them more affordably, I’m sure a lot of us kama’āina [resident of the islands] will make use of it.” Reyes also sees the potential these flights may have for her island: “I think a lot of tourists would take the opportunity to explore more of the Hawaiian islands, like Moloka’i, if they can save money on the airfare over.”

Are flights to Hawaii about to get much cheaper?

Southwest can’t start selling tickets until it receives full approval from the FAA for the Hawaii routes. Since that hasn’t happened yet, we asked Matthew Ma, co-founder of the popular airfare sale website The Flight Deal, how low he thinks they’ll go. “At the moment, there been a lot of deals from the West Coast to Hawaii for about $300 and it isn't going to go much lower than that,” says Ma. “The cost of operating to Hawaii is slightly higher than operating within the continental U.S. due to the costs of maintaining an ETOPS [Extended-range Twin-engine Operation Performance Standards, a certification that means an aircraft has the ability and requirements to perform extended over-water flights] fleet, so we are excited that fares around $300 will be more frequent, but we don't think the floor is much lower than that.”

Southwest Airlines Begins Promoting Hawaii Flights on Website

Southwest Airlines Begins Promoting Hawaii Flights on Website The tickets are not on sale yet, though.

If Southwest Airlines starts flying to Hawaii in 2019, as is widely expected, it might In doing so, it just might be writing the playbook for how other airlines should handle the arrival of a competitor like Christopher Elliott. If Southwest Airlines is flying to Hawaii , why isn't Hawaiian Airlines worried?

Why a honeymoon, romantic getaway or family vacation to Hawaii might just be the perfect thing for you and your family. Hawaii is also a wonderful destination for those interested in ecotourism. Just take a drive on the Hana Highway on the island of Maui to really see the beauty that is Hawaii .

That said, $200 round-trips to the islands have happened, and Southwest will face additional competition when Hawaiian Airlines introduces basic economy tickets later this year. And one recent analysis by Morgan Stanley suggests flights to Hawaii across all airlines will drop as much as 30 percent. once Southwest enters the game.

What does Southwest have to offer?

Southwest may be entering an already crowded field, but if low fares aren’t enough, the airline offers two decisive advantages: the “Companion Pass” and their “bags fly free” policy. The Companion Pass is essentially a "buy one, get one flight for just $5.60 in taxes and fees" pass for your partner, kid, or travel BFF that lasts for an entire year, earned through serious Southwest loyalty of flying 100 qualifying one-way trips or racking up 110,000 qualifying points in a single year. Signing up for a Southwest credit card and meeting a spend threshold also leads to a Companion Pass. Assuming the airline doesn’t impose any special restrictions on the Hawaii routes for the pass, the promise of two-for-one flights to Hawaii is a potential game-changer. The “bags fly free” policy is similarly unique and pretty self-explanatory: There are no fees on your first two checked bags within weight and size limits, whereas other airlines charge from $30 upwards for each checked bag. This equals major savings for a family heading to Hawaii with all of their snorkel gear, sandals, and flowered shirts.

Southwest is Finally Going to Fly to Hawaii

Southwest is Finally Going to Fly to Hawaii The Federal Aviation Administration has just approved the carrier's request to service the Aloha State.

It flies from numerous West Coast cities and Alaska to several airports in Hawaii . However, while there are already many carriers flying from the U . S . mainland to Hawaii , they tend to be At the other end of the spectrum, Hawaiian Airlines gets about half of its revenue from the West Coast- Hawaii market.

Why you should care about the difference. While Southwest ’s plan to start flying to Hawaii is expected to provide its customers with a popular new redemption option, it is also likely to bring a big benefit to the airline: more sign-ups for its Chase Rapid Rewards credit card-- and more revenue that

Routes from the mainland to Hawaii were traditionally the domain of the “majors,” full-service carriers like American, Delta, United, and Hawaiian whose airfares helped mold Hawaii’s jet-age reputation as a high-end (and high-priced) destination. Slowly but surely, competition entered the market and put downward pressure on those ticket prices. Alaska Airlines, whose iconic Eskimo tails are now ubiquitous at Hawaii’s major airports, began flights to the Aloha state only as recently as 2007. And, when Virgin America (RIP) flew its first flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hawaii in late 2015, it gave loyal fliers their most requested destination at the same time as advertising low, $199 one-ways to the islands, a price previously unheard of for Hawaii flights. A few years of such affordable airfares has worked to change the public perception of Hawaii. No longer is it solidly a blow-the-budget, special occasion destination. Hopping over to the islands on a deal for a spontaneous long weekend is a thing, and Southwest is arriving at the perfect time.

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