If you’ve been dreaming of a vacation to the Aloha state, but just can’t rationalize the pricey plane ticket, you’re in luck. Southwest Airlines and their famously low fares were finally granted permission this week to fly to Hawaii from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after almost two years of delays.
Southwest plans to operate nonstop service from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, and Sacramento to four Hawaiian islands: Oahu (Honolulu), Maui (Kahului), Kauai (Lihue), and the Island of Hawaii (Kona). They also intend to provide interisland flights so travelers can island hop with Southwest.
Earlier this month, Southwest announced their Boeing 737-800 had made its first Hawaiian Island landing as part of the multi-step FAA authorization process. The final approval from the FAA earlier this week confirms that the long-awaited flights should be popping up shortly. The airline said ticket sales and inaugural flight details will be announced in the “coming days” and Gary Kelly, Southwest CEO, previously said they would start selling tickets within days of receiving the FAA certification.
The air carrier first announced their Hawaii expansion in October 2017 so anticipation has been building for those patiently waiting to visit the United States’ own tropical paradise on the low-cost fares of Southwest.
It might be time to finally put those flip-flops to use.