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Southwest Airlines bolsters schedule in Hawaiʻi and other key leisure markets

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Southwest inaugural Maui flight 4.7.19. PC: Wendy Osher.

Southwest Airlines announced it is bolstering service in Hawaiʻi and other key leisure markets in the West. 

The Hawaiʻi service features more interisland flights within the state.  New, once daily service nonstop between Kahului (Maui) and Lihue (Kauaʻi) begins June 5, with additional flights offered on existing interisland routes.  The Kahului-Honolulu flights will increase from the current six flights daily to 11 times each way; and the Kahului-Kona service will go from one flight a day to twice daily instead. 

Airline executives say the flights offer  more times of day to connect people in the islands with business, family and fun.  

Southwest Airlines recently commemorated three years of service in the Hawaiian Islands. The following changes are planned for Hawaiʻi service:


In addition to the new service in Hawaiʻi, Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) added additional service to its flight schedule beginning in early June, in California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Caribbean.

“For a gamut of travelers seeking business opportunity, faraway fun, or family time, these new routes and additional flights put the Hospitality and value of Southwest Airlines in front of more of our Customers,” said Andrew Watterson, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “We recently extended our flight schedule to early November, and we’re making available new service sooner for planning early summertime journeys.”

Committed to California

Building on a 20-year legacy as the largest carrier of California air travelers, Southwest is setting forth a summer flight schedule that offers more flights in key markets up and down the Golden State, including these weekday schedules beginning June 5:

  • San Diego and Sacramento – up to 20 times each way 
  • San Diego and San Jose – up to 20 times each way
  • San Diego and Oakland – up to 14 times each way

Also on June 5, new nonstop service begins once daily between Sacramento and Santa Barbara.

The Way to San Jose

For the summer and fall, we’ve given San Jose Customers more flights on California short-haul business routes, and into Las Vegas,” said Adam Decaire, Vice President Network Planning. “Based on currently published schedules, Southwest offers more service between Silicon Valley and the Northwest than any other carrier.” 

Throughout the summer, Southwest will increase service on these routes between:

  • San Jose, Calif. and Las Vegas – weekday service up to 13 times a day each way
  • San Jose, Calif. and Long Beach, Calif. – weekday service up to four times each way
  • San Jose, Calif. and Orange County/Santa Ana, Calif. – weekday service up to 10 times each way

Northwest by Southwest

Additional access between the Pacific Northwest and the Peninsula/Silicon Valley grows with new Southwest service between San Jose, Calif. and Eugene, Ore., once daily beginning June 5, and with additional flights on existing routes between:

  • San Jose and Boise – weekday service twice a day each way
  • San Jose and Spokane – weekday service up to twice a day each way
  • San Jose and Portland, Ore. – weekday service six times a day each way
  • San Jose and Seattle/Tacoma – weekday service six times a day each way

Cuba Service

The carrier’s popular value in providing authorized travel between the U.S. and Cuba is available to more Southwest Customers with a tripling of service from South Florida beginning May 4, roundtrip three times daily on the carrier’s Fort Lauderdale—Havana route. That same week, an additional roundtrip on Saturdays begins May 7 on the Tampa, Fla.—Havana route, to complement daily roundtrip service.

Southwest Airlines’ full schedule of service through Nov. 5, 2022, is available now on


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