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Southwest Doubles Down on its Expansion of Flights to Hawaii

After just two years of serving the Hawaiian islands, Southwest announced an extensive expansion of flights to Hawaii starting next month. Starting in June, Southwest will launch new flights to Hawaii from three new West Coast airports: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. In addition to these three new cities, Southwest is adding a variety of other flights to Hawaii from Long Beach, Oakland, San Diego, and San Jose.

Flights from these three new cities will compliment Southwest’s current range of flights from five California cities. With the new flights starting next month, Southwest travelers will gain access to Hawaii from over 40 Southwest cities throughout its network.

Flights from Las Vegas and Los Angeles take off starting June 6, and new flights from Phoenix take off starting June 27. Southwest’s Hawaii flights will feature the carrier’s Boeing 737-800 and MAX aircraft with an average 32-inch pitch between seats and free onboard entertainment of movies, tv shows, and music.

“We’re building on an era of affordability that Southwest initiated for Hawaii air travel. These new flights bring Hawaii service closer to more of our Customers who live near airports across the West, and make it possible to choose Southwest to fly between the Aloha State and cities as far east as Nashville, without spending an entire overnight in the air,” said Andrew Watterson, Chief Commercial Officer & Executive Vice President for Southwest Airlines. “We believe Southwest offers an economy product to Hawaii, which Customers will find comfortable and seating with ample legroom for all, free onboard entertainment for all, flexible policies for all, and our multi-award winning warmth of Hospitality seamlessly aligns with the Aloha Spirit.”

All New Las Vegas (LAS)-Hawaii Service

Fly nonstop betweenLas Vegas and:ServiceNew service begins:
Honolulu, Oahunonstop twice dailyJune 6, 2021
Kahului, Mauinonstop twice dailyJune 27, 2021
Kona, Island of Hawaiinonstop oncea day*Sept. 7, 2021
Lihue, Kauainonstop oncea day*Sept. 8, 2021
* Initially, the following service does not operate daily: Kona, Island of Hawaii service operates nonstop on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; Lihue, Kauai service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. All service is offered round trip.

On the new Las Vegas service, Watterson said: “We delivered on the second, most-asked request we’ve heard from people in Hawaii–after we answered a call to offer affordable interisland flying as part of our initial entry into Hawaii in spring 2019—by connecting Hawaii with nonstop service to Las Vegas, ‘the ninth island,’ where Southwest currently offers nearly 200 flights a day to more than 60 airports.”

All New Los Angeles (LAX)-Hawaii Service

Fly nonstop between Los Angeles and:Service:New service begins:
Honolulu, Oahunonstop once daily
nonstop twice daily
June 6, 2021
increasing June 27, 2021
Kahului, Mauinonstop three times dailyJune 6, 2021
Kona, Island of Hawaiinonstop once dailyJune 27, 2021
Lihue, Kauainonstop once dailyJune 27, 2021

On the new Los Angeles service, Watterson said: “Headed to Hawaii? Take the first door on the right at LAX. Approaching two decades as the largest air carrier for California travelers, we are bringing nonstop service to four airports in the Hawaiian Islands as close as LAX Terminal 1. Los Angeles becomes our sixth Hawaii gateway in California.”

All New Phoenix (PHX)-Hawaii Service

Fly nonstop between Phoenix and:Service:New service begins:
Honolulu, Oahunonstop twice dailyJune 27, 2021
Kahului, Mauinonstop once dailyJune 27, 2021
Kona, Island of Hawaiinonstop oncea day*Sept. 7, 2021
Lihue, Kauainonstop oncea day*Sept. 7, 2021
*Initially, the following service does not operate daily: Lihue, Kauai service operates nonstop on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; Kona, Island of Hawaii service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. All service offered round trip.

On the new Phoenix service, Watterson said: “Phoenix is another place where more locals fly with Southwest than any other carrier—we’ve grown since launching Phoenix in 1982 to offer service currently to nearly 60 cities nonstop on more than 180 departures a day—and Hawaii service on Southwest is a longtime request. Phoenix becomes another place where our Customers, who appreciate our standard comfort and value for everyone onboard now can fly Southwest nonstop to and from multiple Hawaiian Islands every day during waking hours.”

New and Additional San Diego (SAN)-Hawaii Service one-way

Fly nonstop between San Diego and:Service:Service begins:
Honolulu, Oahunonstop twice dailyJune 6, 2021
Kahului, Mauinonstop once daily
nonstop twice daily
June 6, 2021
June 27, 2021
Kona, Island of Hawaiinonstop oncea day*June 27, 2021
Lihue, Kauainonstop oncea day*June 29, 2021
*Lihue, Kauai service operates nonstop on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, until going daily on Sept. 7, 2021; Kona, Island of Hawaii service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, until increasing to daily service on Sept. 7, 2021. Service is offered round trip.

On the new San Diego service, Watterson said: “We’re doubling our Honolulu service for San Diego while also adding new flights to the Island of Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai to answer requests we’ve heard on both sides of these new routes. Our military travelers in San Diego especially benefit from these time-saving options as we’re also bringing them new nonstop options between San Diego and Norfolk/Virginia Beach this summer.”

Added Southwest Flights for Hawaii from Oakland; San Jose, CA; and Long Beach, CA

As part of this new flight schedule of Hawaii service, Southwest will increase flights from three additional California cities.

Fly nonstop between:Increased Service:Effective:
San Jose, CA and Kahului, Mauinonstop twice dailyJune 6, 2021
Long Beach, CA and Honolulu, Oahutwice dailyJune 27 – Sept. 6, 2021
Oakland and Honolulu, Oahuthree times dailyJune 6 – Sept. 6, 2021

For complete details, including schedules and fares, visit Southwest.com.

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