Southwest Airlines landed in Hawaii for the first time in early February. Federal safety inspectors were the passengers for the flight. The flight was critical for the airline to receive Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) certification. At the time, it was unknown how long the process would take…until today.
Southwest Airlines has published fares for direct flights from Oakland and San Jose. The flights from Oakland begin March 17, 2019, while the flights from San Jose begin on May 5, 2019.
A quick search of the first month of service from Oakland revealed a lot of sold out flights. When I was able to find availability, the fare changed before I could book the reservation.
I am excited about the addition of Southwest Airlines to the Hawaiian market. If you plan to take the airline to islands, please lock in your dates while there is availability.