This is HUGE news! Southwest Airlines is going to start flights to Hawaii!
The airline said today it will start selling tickets to Hawaii in 2018. When the service will actually launch has not been confirmed... but we couldn't be more excited. (Hello Aulani!) Southwest is currently in the process of securing approval to land in Hawaii from the FAA.
The first few flights are going to begin in California, and the fares should be lower than the market average. Flights will be on the new line of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts.
"A day long-awaited by our Customers, fans, and more than 55,000 of the world's most-loved airline Employees is finally within sight — a day that will showcase your Hospitality, about as far Southwest as you can go in the US," Southwest Chairman and CEO Garry Kelly said today at an event announcing the flights. "Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordably. We're ready and excited to address a request we've heard for years".