Southwest Airlines announced their Hawaii destinations as part of their latest Hawaii flight plan update. The four cities in Hawaii which the airline will serve are Honolulu, HI (Oahu); Kahului, HI (Maui); Kona, HI (Island of Hawaii); and Lihue, HI (Kauai).
This follows their earlier announcement Southwest Airlines Announces Hawaii Service in 2018, which we covered, however specific routes haven’t been released, but expect to see many Southern California cities offer the initial service.
Southwest Airlines will serve the following airports in Hawaii:
- Honolulu, HI (Oahu)
- Kahului, HI (Maui)
- Kona, HI (Island of Hawaii)
- Lihue, HI (Kauai)
Here’s what are the details from Southwest:
While we don’t have any details yet to share about specific nonstop routes linking these cities to either the Mainland or to each other, they do represent our initial footprints and top priorities for the soonest service in the State of Hawaii. Why these four airports? Based on latest industry data, 98 percent of passengers traveling from the Mainland to Hawaii are traveling to one of these airports.
We are revealing these airports ahead of our forthcoming flight schedule release for two reasons. First, it allows us to work towards securing and preparing these facilities for our eventual service and second, to add the necessary workspace for our ETOPS Program Team to ensure a smooth authorization process with the FAA for ETOPS operation.
It’s exciting to see that Southwest Airlines to service to Hawaii is getting closer, with the announcement of their cities that they will serve. We still don’t know which specific routes or cities will get the service yet, so expect an update in the coming months on that!
Are you excited for Southwest Airlines to finally offer service to Hawaii? Which routes would you like to see the airline initially launch? Feel free to share in the comments below.