October 12, 2017
Southwest will Start Flying to Hawaii in 2018
Southwest airlines finally announced plans to fly to Hawaii! The airline plans to start selling tickets in 2018, though we don’t yet know what the routes and flight schedule will be. They did specify that California-Hawaii will be the first routes, but we don’t know which specific cities. Southwest is also considering inter-island flights within Hawaii.
Southwest says it’s still working on getting its planes ETOPS certified before flying to the island. This certification is needed to fly jets long distances over water. Southwest has a fairly supportive customer base so this should be welcome news. Hopefully the low-cost carrier’s entry into this market will force competitors to lower their own prices.