Southwest Airlines will fly to four airports in Hawaii once the operating company launches its long-awaited service to the state.  The four destinations of Hawaii will be Honolulu (island of Oahu), Kahului (Maui), Lihue (Kauai) and Kona (the "Big Island" of Hawaii).
Southwest did not disclose specific dates or routes, but its plan for Hawaii has been highly anticipated since the airline announced its intention to fly to the state in 2017.
"While we still do not have details to share on exact dates or routes, do represent our initial footprints and the top priorities for the closest service in the state of Hawaii, "Southwest said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.
Southwest said earlier it could start flying to Hawaii already this year, although the company has warned it could fall by 2019 while it waits to certify to fly its Boeing 737s on the long water routes between Hawaii and the mainland. the United States.
For Southwest, flights to Hawaii will give the carrier its largest service expansion since it began flying internationally in 2014. The airline now serves numerous destinations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Hawaii is one of the main leisure destinations for travelers from the USA. UU., A segment that Southwest certainly hopes to attend with its four destinations in Hawaii. Southwest officials have repeatedly said that options for Hawaiian flights have been one of the top requests for frequent flyers from the airline.
While Southwest has not yet detailed which cities will land on Hawaiian flights, it is believed that the most likely candidates are the busiest airports in the Southwest in California. The airline has a large presence in several airports in the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, San Jose and San Diego.
One question that remains unanswered is whether Southwest could consider flights within the island to connect the airports of Hawaii. While Southwest has not specifically indicated that it is considering that option, industry observers have noted that the high-frequency schedules that work best on those short routes have long been a staple of Southwest's programming philosophy.
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