“Southwest Airlines plans to boost its Hawaii service in late January, with new daily nonstop flights from California to Kauai and the Big Island, and its first flights from Sacramento to Honolulu.
The airline, which began service to Hawaii in March, is also more than doubling the number of interisland flights, from 16 to 34, including new flights between Honolulu and Kauai and Honolulu and Hilo, on the Big Island.” (usatoday.com)
“Say aloha to easy flights between California and Hawaii with Southwest Airlines’ new routes that will take you straight to the islands.
Head to Maui to spot migrating humpback whales and watch the sunset from the Haleakalā volcano, lay out on the beaches of Waikiki and eat poke in Honolulu (one of the best cities in the country for food), and check out a coffee farm or the rare green-tinged sand on Papakolea Beach on the island of Hawaii.” (travelandleisure.com)
“Southwest will operate flights to Hawaii from four California cities: Oakland (OAK), San Diego (SAN), San Jose (SJC) and Sacramento (SMF). In Hawaii, the airline will fly to Honolulu (HNL) on Oahu, Kahului (OGG) on Maui, Kona (KOA) on the Island of Hawaii, and Lihue (LIH) on Kauai.
- Oakland to Honolulu, Oahu: March 17
- Oakland to Kahului, Maui: April 7
- San Jose to Honolulu, Oahu: May 5
- San Jose to Kahului, Maui: May 26
- Honolulu to Kahului (inter-island): April 28
- Honolulu to Kona, Island of Hawaii (inter-island): May 12
Among the amenities the airline touts to tempt travelers are the fact that seats have 32-33 inches of pitch, which makes them roomier than some competitors. The airline also offers all-day Wi-Fi from gate to gate for just $8 per device.” (forbes.com)
Southwest’s Current Routes to Hawaii
Southwest offers nonstop service to 4 different Hawaiian islands from 3 cities in California.
Southwest Destinations in Hawaii:
- Honolulu, HI (Oahu)
- Kahului, HI (Maui)
- Kona, HI (Island of Hawaii)
- Lihue, HI (Kauai)
Locations in California Offering Nonstop Service to Hawaii:
- Oakland, CA (OAK)
- San Jose, CA (SJC)
- Sacramento, CA (SMF) (upgraded points.com)
Complete Southwest Hawaii routes and frequencies effective March 2020:
OAKLAND: Honolulu (2 daily); Maui (2 daily); Kona (1 daily); Kauai (1 daily).
SAN JOSE: Honolulu (1 daily); Maui (1 daily); Kona (1 daily); Lihue (1 daily).
SACRAMENTO: Honolulu (1 daily); Maui (1 daily).
HONOLULU: Oakland (2 daily); San Jose (1 daily) Sacramento (1 daily); Interisland: Maui, Kona, Lihue, Hilo (each 4 daily).
MAUI: Oakland (2 daily); San Jose (1 daily); Sacramento (1 daily); Interisland: Honolulu (4 daily), Kona (1 daily).
KONA: Oakland (1 daily); San Jose (1 daily); Interisland: Honolulu (4 daily); Maui (1 daily).
KAUAI: Oakland (1 daily); San Jose (1 daily); Interisland: Honolulu (4 daily).
HILO: Interisland: Honolulu (4 daily). (beatofhawaii.com)
Aviation Travel Writer: The Flight Times Blog