As you may recall, last week Southwest announced our initial four airports in the Hawaiian Islands: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL), Kahului Airport on Maui (OGG), Lihue Airport on Kauai (LIH), and Ellison Onizuka International Airport on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii (KOA). Today, we have more news about Southwest’s intended service plans for Hawaii.
The initial gateway cities that will offer nonstop service (pending required regulatory approvals) to Hawaii are:
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Oakland Metropolitan Airport (OAK)
Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
While we aren’t yet ready to share specific nonstop routes or other flight details, please know those details will be reflected in the flight schedule that would publish following our ETOPS authorization from the FAA to operate Hawaii service.
Southwest President Tom Nealon made these announcements this morning at a community meeting with Hawaiian tourism, civic, and government leaders. He shared Southwest’s eventual interisland flights would come following the initial ramp-up of operations across the state’s four principal airports.
“Our plan for Hawaii requires us to share these initial details now so that our facilities in the airports will be ready for all that we intend to offer,” Nealon told a gathering at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.
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Today, Southwest Airlines announces our intent to serve Honolulu, HI (Oahu); Kahului, HI (Maui); Kona, HI (Island of Hawaii); Lihue, HI (Kauai). While we do not yet have details to share on exact dates or routes, they do represent our initial footprints and top priorities for the soonest service in the State of Hawaii. Fun fact: did you know each island has its own personality? Oahu can energize, Maui will captivate, Island of Hawaii inspires, and Kauai just might rejuvenate you. There’s so much beauty to discover on each of the destinations—which island are you the most excited to explore? Or, for those Hawaii regulars, which location is calling you back? Additional details will be coming soon, so continue to check back for announcements on mainland gateways, future schedules, and more! Mahalo!
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More than 350 children are getting a Christmas that many thought would never happen thanks to the kindness of Southwest Airlines, Love Field, and other airport tenants as they got a chance to be part of the first ever Wings Over Wishes event.
We recently hosted nearly 100 families at TOPS where the Runway Café was transformed into a scene straight out of a holiday movie. Kids and their families had a special opportunity to have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dance to some fun Christmas music, playing games, and much more. But, what made this event so special was the incredible donations that helped make sure our Love Field neighbors were not forgotten this year.
Southwest, as well as the City of Dallas Department of Aviation, and various Love Field tenants donated thousands of dollars to buy Christmas gifts ensuring children received the Christmas they dreamed about. “Santa’s Workshop” was filled with every Christmas wish imaginable. From baby dolls and remote control cars to bicycles and skateboards, Employees across Dallas Love Field joined together to ensure families who would have otherwise gone without had a tree full of presents.
While the event took months of hard work and planning, it was truly an example of the magic that can happen when we all work together for a common cause. We know the holiday season is one of the times the Southwest Servant’s Heart shines the brightest so we’d love to hear your comments below with how your work group is impacting your local community by spreading holiday cheer.
Wings Over Wishes was made possible thanks to the Love Field Centennial Committee. This group, made up of tenants of Love Field, is counting down to our home airport’s 100th birthday. Every month until October 2017, the group will host an event helping the city celebrate the incredible benefit Love Field provides the City of Dallas and the region.
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Southwest is engaged in an exciting campaign to secure authority to provide nonstop service between several Florida cities and Cuba. We need YOUR help to make it happen!
On Wednesday, March 2, Southwest filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for approval to serve Cuba with nonstop flights from Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa.
Our 45-year history of lowering average ticket prices and stimulating travel in the markets we enter speaks for itself, but we still need YOUR help to win approval for our flights. While we aren’t the only airline vying for these routes, we carry more Florida travelers every day than any other airline and we are the only low cost airline with nationwide reach and a coast-to-coast domestic network. With our high-frequency service to a total of 86 domestic cities across our network, we have the ability to provide numerous cities in our system with convenient, one-stop service to Cuba, all with the legendary Customer Service only Southwest can provide.
As part of the effort to bring low-fare competition and Customer-friendly travel options to Cuba, Southwest is asking Customers to take action and initiate their personal Countdown to Cuba by visiting Southwest.com/Cuba. The site provides additional information on our application and an opportunity to sign a petition in support of Southwest's proposed Cuba service.
Let the Countdown to Cuba begin!
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