Southwest Airlines Completes First Validation Flight to Hawaii Feb 5, 2019. Southwest® Boeing … [+] 737-800 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The carrier’s first ever touchdown in the Hawaiian Islands comes as part of Southwest’s authorization process with the FAA to offer future scheduled service to Hawaii.
Maybe just in time for travelers to geta COVID-19 vaccination, Southwest Airlines is launching services to sunny destinations this winter and spring.
Beat-the-cold getaway destinations include Sarasota, Florida, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and a return to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. But the biggest news is that Southwest is finally flying to Hawaii from populous Los Angeles County with new service from Long Beach to Honolulu.
Long Beach will become the fifth California airport offering Southwest service to the Hawaiian Islands. One-daily service between Long Beach and Honolulu begins March 11, 2021, with one-way fares as low as $99. Blackout dates apply.
(Full disclosure: I own stocks in Jet Blue, American Airlines and Southwest.)
Southwest Airlines began operating its much-anticipated service to Hawaii in the spring of 2019,with flights departing Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Diego. But as I noted at the time, “The big question is when service from the Los Angeles and Orange County metro areas will begin. The 13 million people who live in those areas served by LAX, Burbank, Ontario, Long Beach and John Wayne/Orange County airports are currently left out of Southwest’s schedule.”