Southwest Hawaii Flights Delayed For Months

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Yesterday we told you about how Southwest Airlines will be Ending Mexico City Service.

Today, there are reports out that Southwest’s Hawaii plans will be on delay. As reported by USAToday, Southwest is on a complete hold pending the end of the government shut down. 

Southwest Hawaii Flights Delayed For Months

Southwest Hawaii Flights Delayed For Months

Southwest Airlines’ long-awaited flights to Hawaii are likely going to be delayed for months due to the government shutdown, executives said Thursday.

It is the first time the airline has put a timetable on the impact of the shutdown.

Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said the airline has a “reasonable chance” of beginning service by the end of March if the shutdown ends within a week.

“Otherwise, it will actually be in the second quarter,” he said.

The second quarter runs from April through June.

Southwest had hoped to begin flights early this year but the shutdown put its efforts to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification for long, over-water flights on hold.

“Until the government shutdown ends we are at a total standstill,” Van de Ven said on the airline’s earnings conference call.

Bottom Line

If you had hoped to fly Southwest to Hawaii soon, you will likely have to wait a few months more before they begin service.

HT: USAToday

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