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TravelSouthwest is Finally Going to Fly to Hawaii

02:00  28 february  2019
02:00  28 february  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 is adding Hawaii to its network -- after years of requests from travelers and employees -- with help from Boeing Co.’s upgraded 737. The latest version of the planemaker’s best-selling jet, the 737 Max, can fly farther and is more fuel efficient than older models. Southwest this month became

Southwest Airlines is finally going to start flying to Hawaii , and a top executive says ticket prices will get cheaper. Flights to the state will begin next year or in Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International is dominated by Hawaiian Holdings Inc., carrying 56 percent of passengers at the state ’s busiest airport.

Southwest is Finally Going to Fly to Hawaii© Photo via Houston Hobby / Stephen M. Keller 2018 / Southwest Southwest plane taking off

In welcome news for legions of travelers, Southwest Airlines has finally been given permission to fly to the Hawaiian Islands.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday approved the low-cost carrier’s request to fly to the islands, according to a CNBC report.

The budget airline has yet to announce when it will start selling tickets but plans to serve the islands from the West Coast.

Southwest has apparently been eagerly awaiting this FAA approval, which is a major element of its growth plan for 2019.

Earlier this month, the airline completed its first-ever touchdown on the Hawaiian Islands as part of the authorization process with the FAA. Southwest flew a Boeing 737-800 to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

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.

Why Southwest is Finally Flying Cheap Flights to Hawaii . Jennifer Billock. October 16, 2017. Southwest Airlines is finally going to start taking travelers to island life on Hawaii , by 2019. After a multitude of requests from both travelers and employees alike

Southwest had initially revealed its hopes of flying to Hawaii back in October 2017. The goal at that point was to start selling tickets by 2018. However, the partial government shutdown delayed those plans. The airline is now preparing to fly to the islands from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego

Southwest had initially revealed its hopes of flying to Hawaii back in October 2017. The goal at that point was to start selling tickets by 2018. However, the partial government shutdown delayed those plans.

The airline is now preparing to fly to the islands from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento. It will fly into Honolulu, Kahului on Maui, Kona and Lihue on Kauai, as well as offer service between the islands.

The good news for travelers is that Southwest’s decision to enter the Hawaiian market could make vacations to the popular destination cheaper. According to CNBC, in markets where Southwest offers nonstop service already, the average one-way fares are about $45 lower than in cities without those routes. It’s a price drop that has been labeled the “Southwest Effect.”

In other words, Hawaii, here we come.

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