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Southwest Announces Initial California Gateway Cities and Eventual Interisland Service

kknox Employee Rank
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As you may recall, last week Southwest announced our initial four airports in the Hawaiian Islands: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL), Kahului Airport on Maui (OGG), Lihue Airport on Kauai (LIH), and Ellison Onizuka International Airport on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii (KOA). Today, we have more news about Southwest’s intended service plans for Hawaii. 

 

The initial gateway cities that will offer nonstop service (pending required regulatory approvals) to Hawaii are: 

 

  • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Oakland Metropolitan Airport (OAK)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)

 

While we aren’t yet ready to share specific nonstop routes or other flight details, please know those details will be reflected in the flight schedule that would publish following our ETOPS authorization from the FAA to operate Hawaii service. 

 

Southwest President Tom Nealon made these announcements this morning at a community meeting with Hawaiian tourism, civic, and government leaders. He shared Southwest’s eventual interisland flights would come following the initial ramp-up of operations across the state’s four principal airports.

 

“Our plan for 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,” Nealon told a gathering at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. 

 

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11 Comments
MDA
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Great News Southwest, I have family in San Diego and Hawaii....yippeee !

Adonai292
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Beautiful in hawaii beaches. 

ParSWA
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This is great news! But I have one thing to say: PHX-to-LIH.

 

Thank you.


@kknox wrote:

As you may recall, last week Southwest announced our initial four airports in the Hawaiian Islands: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL), Kahului Airport on Maui (OGG), Lihue Airport on Kauai (LIH), and Ellison Onizuka International Airport on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii (KOA). Today, we have more news about Southwest’s intended service plans for Hawaii. 

 

The initial gateway cities that will offer nonstop service (pending required regulatory approvals) to Hawaii are: 

 

  • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Oakland Metropolitan Airport (OAK)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)

 

While we aren’t yet ready to share specific nonstop routes or other flight details, please know those details will be reflected in the flight schedule that would publish following our ETOPS authorization from the FAA to operate Hawaii service. 

 

Southwest President Tom Nealon made these announcements this morning at a community meeting with Hawaiian tourism, civic, and government leaders. He shared Southwest’s eventual interisland flights would come following the initial ramp-up of operations across the state’s four principal airports.

 

“Our plan for 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,” Nealon told a gathering at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. 

 

May 3rd Announcement_SWALife_780x480 copy.png


 

Mauigirl
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HeartWhen will tou be huring for Hawaii routes?

ManchVegas
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Inter Island Flights? Am I reading that correctly? SW will be offering flight between islands? Competing with Hawaiin? 

Mauigirl
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Thats awesoem! Can’t wait for the flights!

devilboy_dan
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The Inland Empire and Chochella Valley would LOVE to see and Onterio (ONT) added to the Hawaiian Islands list!

 

LAX is just a nightmare - 3 hour ordeal + traffic

Uraguut69
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Any update on Hawaii travel yet? Anxiously waiting for I must book my honeymoon to Honolulu in November soon. 

Lilcanuck64
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Can hardly wait until you start hiring. Was good to see your initial planning crew at LIH last week. 

Nicky1
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I need tickets to LIH in Feb. When can I book those? 

AlohaSpirit
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I am so happy to hear of upcoming flights to Hawaii.  The closest airport to me is CAK and PIT.  (But you no longer fly out of CAK) Smiley Sad    So I wondered, will you begin to offer more Non-Stop flights between the midwest airports and California - so that Hawaii can be just a 2-leg trip for us?  (Right now, out of PIT, none of the 4 airports you've listed are Non-Stop).  If you could make just ONE of those cities Non-Stop to PIT, I'd do a hula dance.