Southwest Airlines may be flying to Hawaii in 2019

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Hawaii, here we come! Southwest Airlines is planning to launch flights to Hawaii, very soon, although they are not clear whether it will be beginning flying to Hawaii in late 2018 or early 2019. Although they have not yet announced which city the flights will be flying out of, they did say they’d like to start in California somewhere. Southwest Airlines currently flies out of 10 California cities, including San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. They also did not mention which Hawaiian city they planned to fly to.

Southwest Airlines has submitted an application to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate long flights over water, and their launch date will be based on when they hear back on that application. However, they will begin selling tickets for the flights at some point in 2018.

“Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordably,” said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. “We’re ready and excited to address a request we’ve heard for years.”

Launching flights to Hawaii will be a priority for Southwest Airlines in 2018.