May 14, 2021 / With overseas travelling still very difficult for vacationing Americans, Hawaii are expected to attract more domestic tourists in summer 2021. And low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines (WN) announces a major expansion of its operations to the Aloha State.
Flights to four destinations will be added from Los Angeles (LAX), Las Vegas (LAS) and Phoenix (PHX). Honolulu (HNL), Kahului, (OGG), Kona (KOA) and Lihue (LIH) will be operated once or twice a day, with the LAX to OGG rotation flown thrice daily. Most services will commence on June 6, June 27 and June 29, but passengers will need to wait until September 7 to fly non-stop from Phoenix to Kona and Lihue. One-way fares from LAS and PHX are set to begin at USD159, while flights from LAX will start from as little as USD129.
Southwest is also increasing frequencies on certain routes already flown from the West Coast to Hawaii: San Diego (SAN) will enjoy a second daily totation to Honolulu, while also adding service to Kahului, Kona and Kauai. Long Beach (LGB) is getting a second frequency to HNL, meanwhile San José (SJC) will do the same to Kahului and Oakland (OAK) will see three daily departures to HNL.
Southwest debuted in Hawaii in March 2019 and has since developed a remarkable intra-island network, as well, with six daily rotations between Honolulu and Kahului, four between Honolulu and Kona, Lihue and Hilo (ITO), plus 2 daily frequencies connecting Kahului to Kona.