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On Thursday, Kelly said that Southwest will launch service to the following four Hawaiian airports: Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Lihue Airport (LIH), Kona International Airport (KOA) and Kahului Airport (OGG).
Kelly didn’t detail in this announcement which continental US cities will service those Hawaiian destinations, but the carrier has said that it will start with operations from California.
While exact routes aren’t yet available, Kelly did say that Southwest will begin selling tickets for its Hawaii flights in 2018, though those routes will not launch until late 2018 or early 2019. Southwest is still waiting to get the proper certification in order to launch service to the 50th state. It must get Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPs) certification, which could take a year or longer.
Since October’s announcement that it would begin Hawaii flights, there’s been little news as to specific routes and what fares would look like. However, we do know that Southwest’s Hawaii service will launch with its 737-800s before switching to its newest 737 MAX. Southwest confirmed in its earnings report on Thursday that it has come to an agreement with Alaska Airlines to lease 12 slots at New York’s LaGuardia (LGA) and eight slots at Washington Reagan (DCA).
While we wait for more details on Southwest’s Hawaii operations, get caught up on the aircraft that it will soon be flying to Hawaii by reading this review of the 737 MAX 8.
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