Southwest takes off for Hawaii this month with flights on sale for as low as $49

Posted at 11:06 AM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 14:06:09-05

(AP/KSBY) – Southwest Airlines plans to begin service to Hawaii on March 17 with a flight from Oakland to Honolulu.

An airline spokesman said Monday the flight was already sold out.

The airline begins flights to Maui on April 7. Eventually, it plans to serve four airports in Hawaii from Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Diego.

Tickets for some one-way flights were on sale for as low as $49 on Monday. The sale ends Tuesday night and fares are good only for travel on select dates. Most of the deals were selling out quickly.

Southwest plans to start daily inter-island hops between Honolulu and Kahului on April 28 and between Honolulu and Onizuka International Airport on Hawaii Island on May 12. Those flights were offered for as low as $29.

Southwest wanted to sell Hawaiian flights last year, but it took longer than expected to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. That process was further delayed by the 35-day government shutdown that began late last year.