“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!
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.
Mahalo and A Hui Hou!