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