By Evie Carrick
May 16, 2019
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The long-awaited flights between California and the Hawaiian Islands on Southwest Airlines were well received upon release in March. Lower fares — some as cheap as $49 each way — were bought up within hours. With the initial launch and inaugural flight under their belt, the airline is preparing to expand their Hawaiian service with new flights from mainland U.S. and additional flights between islands.

Southwest Airlines announced on their Facebook page that the city of Hilo on Hawaii Island — commonly called the Big Island — would be the fifth Hawaiian airport served by Southwest. According to reporting by, the island’s mayor, Harry Kim, said Southwest would be launching direct flights between Hilo and mainland U.S. before the holidays as well as four daily flights between Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and Hilo International Airport later this year.

Southwest said on Facebook, “We’ll let you know when our low fares and interisland flights for Hilo are available for purchase.” The airline already offers flights to the Big Island’s Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole.