It's confirmed: Southwest Airlines will fly to Hawaii

Southwest Boeing 737 during Burbank Photo: Chris McGinnis

Southwest Airlines has reliable that it skeleton to fly to Hawaii, substantially commencement subsequent year – a preference that could move neatly revoke fares for all transport to a islands. Or maybe not… [FULL STORY HERE]

Since a airline started to take smoothness of new Boeing 737MAX 8 aircraft, there has been widespread speculation that it would use a planes – that can fly 500 nautical miles over than a 737-800s – to start service. And now a association has announced a goal to do usually that.

Southwest pronounced it will find FAA capitulation to benefit ETOPS acceptance for a new 737s – a regulatory requirement for drifting them to Hawaii. ETOPS stands for Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards. Assuming it gains that approval, Southwest pronounced it plans to start offered tickets in 2018 for use to Hawaii.” [More...]

 However, the association hasn’t nonetheless pronounced that airports will get a new flights – usually that “service sum are to be announced during a after date.” While it would make clarity to see Southwest offer flights from a large bottom during Oakland, there is already copiousness of foe there and during other Bay Area airports from United, Hawaiian, and Alaska/Virgin America. 


Southwest officials done a proclamation to a entertainment of a employees in southern California. Joining a discussion around satellite from Honolulu were Hawaii Governor David Ige and Southwest boss Tom Nealon, who approaching that a carrier’s entrance “will be a game-changer in a US. to Hawaii market.”

That matter is substantially a anxiety to something called the Southwest Effect– What’s that? Get a full story on TravelSkills. 

In a new minute research of a odds that Southwest would start drifting to Hawaii, a financial website Seeking Alpha approaching this would approaching lead to a transport war. “In a opinion, the many critical impact of a Southwest Effect in Hawaii is that it tends to lead to a thespian rebate in fares, given that we trust transport direct to Hawaii is comparatively fragile (so passengers are doubtful to boost much),” a website said.

Seeking Alpha approaching that Southwest “could simply supplement during slightest 10 daily flights to Hawaii, to start with.” Based on a volume of marketplace share that Southwest controls, it suggested that approaching airports to horde Hawaii flights would embody Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Portland.

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But don’t get too vehement about revoke fares to a islands.  Atlanta approaching a Southwest Effect to revoke fares when Southwest took over AirTran’s heart there. Instead, fares went adult and a series of flights went down. “Airfares have left adult so most that Atlanta had a largest year-over-year boost in normal domestic fares in a country,” reported a Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2014.

Related: Is Southwest really a low-fare carrier?

My best guess is that we’ll suffer a proxy diminution in fares as airlines contest with Southwest on rudimentary fares, though in a prolonged run a lowest fares will sojourn stubbornly during around $400 roundtrip from California.

Why? Because it’s not inexpensive to fly to Hawaii–  it’s about 2,500 miles from a US west coast, a track that requires some-more fuel and some-more costly planes. And increasingly, Southwest’s new moves have shown that it’s not always a low transport leader.

What do YOU consider will occur to Hawaii fares when Southwest enters that market? See comments, or leave your own on a TravelSkills.com blog.

–Chris McGinnis

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