Traveling to Hawaii on nonstop flights is about to get a lot easier.
Additionally, as COVID-19 restrictions ease, there is a great pent-up demand for travel, and the school year is drawing to a close, as Southwest Airlines announces its expanded service to Hawaii comes as a welcome welcome to anyone planning a tropical vacation.
Here’s why: Southwest just announced it will begin non-stop service to Hawaii from Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix. When combined with the service it already offers to Hawaii from five other California airports, the announcement means travelers to more than 40 cities in the continental United States will now have the same plane or connecting access to Hawaii, southwest ad.
“These new flights bring the Hawaii service closer to more of our customers who live near airports in the west and allow the choice of the southwest to fly between Aloha State and cities as well.” far east than Nashville, without spending an entire night in the air. Southwest Airlines chief commercial and executive vice president Andrew Watterson said in a statement.
Southwest already offers non-stop flights to Hawaii from five California cities: San Diego, Long Beach, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento. The addition of the Los Angeles service means Southwest now serves four Hawaii airports directly from six transit airports in California, Watterson explains.
Southwest will begin nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Oahu and Kahului, Maui on June 6. Non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Kona, Island of Hawaii and Lihue, Kauai, will begin later – June 27.
Watterson said the airline’s biggest demand from people in Hawaii – after inter-island flights began in 2019 – was to connect Hawaii to Las Vegas via non-stop flights. This new service responds to that demand, he says.
Daily nonstop service to Honolulu, Oahu from Las Vegas will begin on June 6, followed by nonstop service to Kahului, Maui on June 27. in September.
Southwest’s operations in Phoenix have grown to serve nearly 60 cities with more than 180 non-stop departures per day, Watterson says. Adding non-stop service to the Hawaiian Islands from Phoenix is another long-standing demand from travelers as it simplifies their trips, he explains.
Nonstop flights from Phoenix to Honolulu, Oahu and Kahului, Maui, will begin June 27. After that, nonstop flights from Phoenix to Kona, Island of Hawaii and Lihue, Kauai will begin on September 7.
Know before you go
Hawaii is open to travelers. However, the state still relies on its Safe Travels pre-trip testing program – even for fully vaccinated passengers – to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Travelers who wish to avoid a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Hawaii must have negative COVID-19 test results and enter them into the system before leaving for Hawaii. For complete advice on how the process works, be sure to check out here. And once you understand the requirements of the testing program, get inspired by all of our Hawaii content here.