Southwest Airlines Latest Hawaii Expansion Announced

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Southwest Airlines announced their latest Hawaii Expansion which includes first-ever Southwest service to Lihue Airport (LIH) on Kauai and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the Island of Hawaii.

Additionally Southwest will be adding nonstop service from Sacramento to Honolulu, Hawaii starting on January 19, 2020.

Per Southwest Airlines,

Southwest Airlines announced the carrier will add new service to, from, and within Hawaii in mid-January 2020 with new, daily service between Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and Honolulu. In addition, new service nonstop between both of the carrier’s Hawaii gateways in the Bay Area, Oakland and San Jose, and both Kauai and the Island of Hawaii, will give Southwest Customers access to 18 flights transiting the Pacific each day between three California cities and four of the five airports Southwest will serve in the Aloha State.

Additionally the airline announced the following schedule changes to their domestic network:

Not wanting to feel left out, we also have some additions to our contiguous 48 network. We will be starting service between Houston and Little Rock (except Sunday) which we last operated in 2014.

We will also begin seasonal Saturday only service from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, Rochester to Fort Lauderdale, Louisville to Fort Lauderdale as well as Cincinnati to both Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately with every yin, there’s a yang. Even though we’re keeping Dallas at 195 total departures, we’ve made some structural changes to enhance schedule depth while discontinuing nonstop service to Jacksonville, San Francisco, and Oklahoma City.  Customers traveling from Dallas to these destinations will be able to choose from various connecting itineraries; Dallas connections from Jacksonville are replicated via Houston, while San Francisco customers have access to a wide range of nonstop destinations from Oakland and San Jose.

Discontinuing a route that we’ve been flying for almost 40 years (Dallas to Oklahoma City) was a difficult decision, but this helps us move our planes around the system to match strong domestic demand. While nonstops in both directions are ending, you’ll still be able to reach both cities via one-stop service. We’re able to provide more connections for Oklahoma City throughout the country using additional service to Phoenix and Houston and adding new service to Nashville. Also, more international connections through Houston are now available with this change.

Here’s a list of all our Hawaiian additions (all starting on January 19):

  • Honolulu to Hilo
  • Honolulu to Lihue
  • Honolulu to Sacramento
  • Kona to Oakland
  • Kona to Kahului
  • Kona to San Jose
  • Lihue to Oakland
  • Lihue to San Jose

See other related Southwest Airlines Hawaii announcements:

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