Head­ing to Hawaii

The Oklahoman - - MONEY & MARKETS -

South­west Air­lines said Thurs­day it will be­gin of­fer­ing flights to Hawaii, with tick­ets go­ing on sale next year.

The Dal­las-based 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.

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

“We’re thrilled to bring Hawaii next year as an op­tion to more than 115 mil­lion cus­tomers who al­ready fly with us an­nu­ally,” said Mike Van de Ven, the air­line’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

Seven air­lines cur­rently op­er­ate di­rect flights between the main­land and Hawaii, in­clud­ing United, Delta and Hawai­ian Air­lines, ac­cord­ing to travel search engine Skyscan­ner.

South­west shares rose 0.4 per­cent Thurs­day.

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