Oakland Airport celebrates Southwest Airlines’ five years of service to Hawaii

Oakland, Calif. – March 20, 2024: On Monday, Oakland International Airport (OAK) celebrated the five-year anniversary of service to Hawaii with Southwest Airlines. To commemorate the anniversary, the airport treated passengers to live music, hula performances, and a balloon arch to see off the morning’s departing flights to Hawaii. Since the launch of Southwest Airline’s Hawaii service five years ago in 2019, nearly 1.3 million passengers have flown between Oakland and Hawaii on Southwest.

“Thank you to Southwest Airlines for the valuable service to Hawaii that they have offered here at OAK for the past five years,” says Craig Simon, Interim Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “This service offers convenient and affordable options for East Bay residents visiting the islands as well as Hawaiians coming here to visit the San Francisco Bay Area.”

In March 2019, Southwest Airlines chose OAK as the first airport at which to debut their new service to Hawaii, beginning with daily nonstops to Honolulu and Kahului. Today, the airline offers six daily departures to four different Hawaiian Islands from OAK with routes to Honolulu (Oahu), Kahului (Maui), Lihue (Kauai), and Kailua-Kona (Hawaii Island).

Southwest Airlines operated over 4,200 flights between Oakland and Hawaii in 2023. Southwest also offers interisland flights that fit well with OAK’s schedules to ensure a seamless travel experience across the four islands they serve. This makes it easy for passengers to connect or plan to visit multiple islands on their trip.

Schedules, fares, and booking information are available at southwest.com.

About Southwest Airlines Co.
Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world’s most admired and awarded airlines, offering its one-of-a-kind value and Hospitality at 121 airports across 11 countries. Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the United States than any other airline. Based in Dallas and famous for an Employee-first corporate Culture, Southwest maintains an unprecedented record of no involuntary furloughs or layoffs in its history. By empowering its nearly 75,000 people to deliver unparalleled Hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among more than 137 million Customers carried in 2023. That formula for success brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years of profitability for Southwest Shareholders (NYSE: LUV). Southwest leverages a unique legacy and mission to serve communities around the world including harnessing the power of its People and Purpose to put communities at the Heart of its success. Learn more by visiting Southwest.com/citizenship. As the airline with Heart, Southwest has set a goal to work toward achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Southwest has also set near-term targets and a three-pillar strategy to achieve its environmental goals. Learn more by visiting Southwest.com/planet.

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About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all the region’s business, entertainment, and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 98,000 jobs in the region with more than a $174 billion economic impact.
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Media Contact:
Kaley Skantz – Airport Spokesperson, [email protected]
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