South­west Air­lines says it’s plan­ning to start fly­ing to Hawaii.

Houston Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

HON­OLULU — South­west Air­lines is plan­ning to of­fer flights be­tween Hawaii and the main­land and ex­pects tick­ets to go on sale next year, air­line of­fi­cials said.

The Dal­las-based air­line made the an­nounce­ment this week in a joint ad­dress by South­west Pres­i­dent Tom Nealon and Hawaii Gov. David Ige to thou­sands of em­ploy­ees at a com­pany party, the Hon­olulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser re­ported .

The air­line will soon be­gin the pub­lic ap­pli­ca­tion process to ob­tain the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that al­lows air­craft to op­er­ate be­tween the main­land and Hawaii.

Al­though the air­line has not in­di­cated what routes it will of­fer to the state, air­line of­fi­cials said they are eval­u­at­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of of­fer­ing flights be­tween the is­lands as well.

South­west’s chief rev­enue of­fi­cer, Andrew Wat­ter­son, said the air­line can’t give a date for when its jets will start fly­ing over the Pa­cific Ocean be­cause it de­pends on when it re­ceives the FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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