Southwest announces plans to serve Hawaii from four Californian gateways

posted on 4th May 2018 by Justin Burns
Southwest announces plans to serve Hawaii from four Californian gateways

Southwest Airlines has revealed plans to serve Hawaii non-stop from the Californian airports of Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacremento.

The new routes are pending required regulatory approvals and all would gain Hawaii services in the carrier’s flight schedules following FAA authorization for Hawaii operations.

Last week, Southwest announced its initial plan to serve four airports in the Hawaiian Islands: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Kahului Airport on Maui, Lihue Airport on Kauai, and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii.

In the latest of a two-year series of community meetings across the islands to gain insight ahead of potential service, Southwest president Tom Nealon this morning shared details of today’s announcement with tourism, civic, and government leaders and further shared the intention to eventually offer some interisland flights as operations ramp up initially across four airports in Hawaii.

He said: “The way we plan to serve Hawaii requires us to share these initial details now so that our facilities in the airports will be ready for all that we intend to offer.

“We’re on-track with our plans to sell tickets this year and are respectfully engaged in the process to receive FAA authorization to operate between the mainland and the Islands.”