Southwest Airlines has announced the carrier is increasing the number of flights that it will offer to Hawaii starting at the middle of January 2020. The airline will begin offering flights from San Jose and Oakland to Kauai and the Big Island as well as start service from Sacramento to Honolulu.
For those who are wondering, the Sacramento-Honolulu, Oakland-Kona, and San Jose-Lihue routes will launch on January 19, 2020. The Oakland-Lihue and San Jose-Kona routes will debut on January 21, 2020.
What's more, the airline is also upping its interisland offerings to 34 daily flights. Included in the mix are new routes between Honolulu and Lihue and Honolulu and Hilo. Southwest also offers service between Kona and Kahului. These three nonstop routes will launch on January 19, 2020.
Southwest only began servicing Hawaii in March of 2019. From the start, these flights have seen high demand, and Southwest is expanding to meet passenger demand. The new flights are already on sale on the Southwest website. Most flights are registering for under $200, a very good price even without introductory discounts.
Southwest has been experiencing difficulties on the mainland for seven months and counting because of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding. Southwest flies more 737 MAX jets than any other American-based airline. However, the airline has managed to change flights and limit cancellations without too much disruption for its clients. As the airline awaits the release of the 737 MAX for service, it will focus on other areas of its business, such as increasing accessibility to Hawaii.
That said, Southwest has not announced if it will be increasing frequency again to the Hawaiian Islands for the 2020 summer travel season.