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Southwest Will Finally Touch the Aloha State!

“Green light” from FAA on Hawaii test flights | Photo by Stephanie Klepacki

Southwest Airlines finally gets FAA approval to fly to Hawaii! This is possibly one of the most exciting tidbits of recent travel news for Hawaii! Many people have been waiting to begin booking Southwest Airlines Hawaii flights. Now that we’re in the first half of 2019, Southwest is finally on its way to the islands, and we can finally fly to and from Hawaii on Southwest. How amazing is that!

Waipio Bay located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island 

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the low-cost carrier to fly to the islands from the West Coast. The airline plans to launch flights to four of the Hawaiian Islands including Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) the primary airport on the Island of Hawaii. The airline intends to service Hawaii from several cities in California, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Diego and will announce when it will start selling tickets to the Aloha state in the coming days.

Saddle Road (Hwy 200) on the Big Island

The Southwest Airline’s decision to offer service to the Aloha State could make Hawaiian vacations cheaper, which leaves more money in your pocket for shave ice, poke, and fun activities around the Islands. In markets where Southwest has nonstop service, average one-way fares are $45 lower than in cities without those routes in what’s been dubbed the “Southwest Effect,” a University of Virginia study found.

Whether you choose Southwest, Alaska or Hawaii Airlines, I wish you much Aloha and hope you have a fun and friendly experience on the Hawaiian Islands.

Mahalo and A Hui Hou!

About the Author

Anastasia Gaido

Anastasia Gaido is a REALTOR Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. Anastasia is well traveled and has a deep understanding of island lifestyle living. Her friendly outgoing nature, together with her strong marketing and business skills have prepared her to represent clients from all over the world, as well as local buyers and sellers. Moving from Texas where she worked at one of the top real estate companies in Houston, she made local and global connections. Dedicated to building productive client relationships, providing in-depth information about homes for sale, honest communication, and immediate attention to your real estate needs is her top priority. With Hawai’i Life, Anastasia has legendary marketing, the highest standard of service, and a presence on all of the Hawaiian Islands. She places importance on achieving excellence and conveying in-depth knowledge of both luxury real estate communities and the beautiful surroundings that make them possible. As someone who never stops learning and adapting, she stays current on ever changing technology, trends in the market, and shifts in people’s lifestyle. The Big Island of Hawaii has enormous potential and endless possibilities where she can put these talents to use in order to help her clients identify properties that fulfill their needs, dreams and expectations. Fluent in English, Romanian and Russian, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration she has a background for work that compliments her passions that drew her to the island. As a former ballroom dancer and fitness instructor, Anastasia enjoys walking the island’s gorgeous beaches with her Labrador, shopping at the Keauhou Farmers Market, hiking the Waipi’o Valley, snorkeling the Kona coast and "squeezing in a social life!” Anastasia is passionate about sharing the love of the Big Island. Whether you are looking to sell or buy contact Anastasia and let her share the Aloha with you. Aloha! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 765-8765.

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February 28, 2019

Southwest Flights to Oahu!!! Wonderful news – been waiting for this! Yay!!

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