Hawaii remains Southwest Airlines’ expansion focus in latest earnings report

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Southwest Airlines released its second quarter earnings report Thursday morning, and the company’s CEO says Hawaii remains the focus of their expansion in 2019.

In the report, CEO Gary C. Kelly said, “As we look ahead to 2019, Hawaii remains our expansion focus, and our goal is to begin selling tickets later this year.” 

The airline beat Wall Street’s expectations with second-quarter earnings of $733 million. 

The carrier is seeking a month-to-month permit to use space in airports in Hawaii. The state has approved the requests for airports in Honolulu, Kahului, Lihue, and Kona.

No word yet if gate space has been requested.

The airline also still needs FAA approval to fly over the Pacific Ocean.

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