Southwest will begin flights to Hawaii, but no word on from where
Southwest Airlines is finally going to start flying to Hawaii, and a top executive says ticket prices will get cheaper.
Flights to the state will begin next year or in 2019, the discount carrier said. The initial service will be from California, said Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Watterson, without elaborating on specific routes.
“We see prices higher than they need to be and we anticipate lowering fares,” Watterson said.
According to Southwest, it’s way too soon to share which airports will get a Hawaii route.
Denver International Airport doesn’t need to grant any permissions for Southwest to add a flight to Hawaii from Denver, said Heath Montgomery, a DIA spokesman.
“The airlines make their own decisions about where to fly,” Montgomery said in an email. “We would be happy to support that, however!”
Starting in December, United plans to boost service on 11 routes between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. The carrier is adding flights to the islands from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Dallas-based airline in the coming weeks will begin seeking federal approval to operate its planes on extended over-water routes. That process typically takes about a year to 18 months and flights to Hawaii can’t begin until it’s completed.
Tickets will go on sale next year, Southwest said in a statement late Wednesday. Even if Hawaii flights start in 2018, they won’t alter fleet or capacity plans for the year, the company said.