Touring to Hawaii on nonstop flights is about to get an entire lot simpler.
What’s extra, contemplating that COVID-19 restrictions are easing, there may be a substantial amount of pent-up demand for journey, and the varsity yr is nearing an finish, the timing of the announcement from Southwest Airways about its expanded service to Hawaii comes as welcome information to anybody planning a tropical trip.
Right here’s why: Southwest simply introduced it should start nonstop service to Hawaii from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. When mixed with the service it already affords to Hawaii from 5 different airports in California, the announcement means vacationers from greater than 40 cities within the continental U.S. will now have same-plane or connecting entry to Hawaii, Southwest announced.
“These new flights carry Hawaii service nearer to extra of our prospects who stay close to airports throughout the west, and make it attainable to decide on Southwest to fly between the Aloha State and cities as far east as Nashville, with out spending a whole in a single day within the air,” Andrew Watterson, chief industrial officer and government vp for Southwest Airways, stated in an announcement.
Southwest already affords nonstop flights to Hawaii from 5 cities in California: San Diego, Lengthy Seaside, Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento. Including Los Angeles service means Southwest now serves 4 airports in Hawaii instantly from six gateway airports in California, Watterson explains.
Southwest will start nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Oahu, and Kahului, Maui, on June 6. Nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Kona, Island of Hawaii, and Lihue, Kauai, will start later — on June 27.
Watterson says the biggest request the airline has had from folks in Hawaii — after starting interisland flights in 2019 — was to attach Hawaii with Las Vegas through nonstop flights. This new service meets that demand, he says.
Every day nonstop service to Honolulu, Oahu, from Las Vegas will start June 6, adopted by nonstop service to Kahului, Maui, on June 27. Subsequent up: nonstop flights from Las Vegas to Kona, Island of Hawaii, and Lihue, Kauai, starting in September.
Southwest’s Phoenix operations have grown to serve practically 60 cities with greater than 180 nonstop departures a day, Watterson says. Including nonstop service to Hawaiian islands from Phoenix has been one other long-time request from vacationers as a result of it makes their journeys less complicated, he explains.
The nonstop flights from Phoenix to Honolulu, Oahu, and Kahului, Maui, will start June 27. After that, nonstop flights from Phoenix to Kona, Island of Hawaii, and Lihue, Kauai, are scheduled to start September 7.
Know Earlier than You Go
Hawaii is open to vacationers. Nonetheless, the state remains to be counting on its Protected Travels pre-travel testing program — even for absolutely vaccinated passengers — to reduce the unfold of COVID-19. Vacationers who want to keep away from a compulsory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Hawaii will need to have adverse COVID-19 take a look at outcomes and enter them into the system earlier than leaving for Hawaii. For full steerage on how the method works, be sure you test here. And when you perceive testing program necessities, get impressed by all our Hawaii content here.