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Earlier this week I wrote about Southwest’s plans on starting service to 4 different Hawaiian Islands. At that time there was still no information on where these non-stop flights would fly from within the continental US, but we know have that information!
Hot off the press from Southwest, they will fly from Oakland (OAK), San Diego (SAN), San Jose (SJC), and Sacramento (SMF). This is great for almost all of California as it covers all major cities and most of the state is relatively close to one of these four airports. And as a reminder, Southwest will fly to these four Hawaiian Islands: Honolulu (HNL), Maui (OGG), Kauai (LIH), and Kona (KOA).
Of course there is still no definite date on when service will start, but they did state that they are still “on-track with our plans to sell tickets this year.” They just still need to receive final FAA approval to operate between the mainland and the islands. That still doesn’t confirm that they will actually be flying in 2018, but I really hope so. My gut says that they will be able to pull it together, although it might not be till towards the end of the year.
Fingers crossed for Southwest to start flying to Hawaii soon! I know that those who live in California are very excited about this progress! And for those who can fly non-stop to one of those for destinations and then continue onto Hawaii will be very happy as well. Unfortunately, for those on the East Coast, most destinations require 2 layovers to get to Hawaii and might not even be possible due to red-eyes, etc.