South­west Air­lines an­nounces plan for ser­vice to Hawaii

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

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 Wed­nes­day 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 Chief Rev­enue Of­fi­cer An­drew Wat­ter­son said the air­line can’t give a date for when its planes will start fly­ing over the Pa­cific Ocean as it de­pends on when it re­ceives the FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“We know we’ll get through the FAA process in time to sell tick­ets next year, but un­til the FAA gives us bet­ter in­di­ca­tions of the au­tho­riza­tion time­line, we’re not go­ing to spec­u­late and put a date out there,” Wat­ter­son said. “This has been a long time com­ing so there’s no par­tic­u­lar rea­son for us to rush it.”

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