Southwest Airlines ticket sales and flight schedules are out and selling out. The airline says more services and special offers will be available in the coming weeks.
After years of preparations, Southwest Airlines will begin service to Hawaii on March 17th. Tickets are on sale now.
“We are just really excited to bring Southwest Airlines and Southwest culture to the Hawaiian Islands. We think we fit in well with the islands and we want to spread our Southwest hospitality,” said Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality Steve Goldberg.
Here’s what the initial schedule looks like: in about two weeks the inaugural flight will be from Oakland to Honolulu. Service to and from Oakland and Kahului will start April 7th, with fares as low as $49 one-way. That’s an introductory price that will last until the end of Tuesday, March 5th.
“A lot of the fares have sold out Monday, which is great news, but we have lots of other fares that are still available and there’s more to come,” said Goldberg.
Interisland flights will begin April 28th between Honolulu and Kahului, and on May 12th between Honolulu and Kona. Southwest will operate its first interisland services four times daily in each direction. Currently, that’s priced as low as $29, but again only until March 5th.
Southwest also plans to fly to and from Lihue. An announcement will be made in the coming weeks. We’re told Southwest is operating little by little to get services started sooner. So will there be more flights to other cities like Los Angeles?
“As you know, we’ve announced Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, and Sacramento and that will get us going in California and we’ll continue to look at how do we connect our great customers in California and over on the West Coast to Hawaii. So we got our foot in the door with getting going and to see where we want to go next,” said Goldberg.
We asked when will we see direct flights to and from Las Vegas, what many call our ninth island. Southwest was pretty tight-lipped about it. All they said was “stay tuned.”
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