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Southwest Airlines’ new Hawaii service will launch from Oakland

Carrier’s nonstop service to Hawaiian Islands part of continued long-haul expansion at OAK

Press Releases, Airport, Community
March 4th, 2019

Oakland, Calif. - March 4, 2019: Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced plans to launch its highly-anticipated, first-ever service to the Hawaiian Islands from Oakland International Airport (OAK) with an inaugural flight to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL) on March 17, followed by inaugural service to Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui, on April 7. Today’s flight schedule announcement reveals soon-to-operate initial routes in Southwest’s Hawaii service designed to optimize connections for residents in several popular existing OAK nonstop markets.  The new service is now available on Southwest.com.

Southwest’s initial service to Hawaii from Oakland will increase to twice daily frequency beginning the Sunday following each of the inaugural flights. The carrier’s introductory pricing offers travel between Oakland and both Honolulu and Kahului on select days of the week for as low as $49 one-way (visit Southwest.com/Hawaii for fare rules, terms and conditions and to learn more about the carrier’s plans for the Islands.)

“Oakland will play a pivotal and historic role in our initial investment in serving the Hawaiian Islands,” said Tom Nealon, Southwest Airlines’ President. “We’re focused on bringing our East Bay Customers an authentically Southwest experience to Hawaii with comfort across all seating—for every Customer—along with in-cabin snack enhancements for our flights between the State of Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.”

In 2018, Southwest focused on growth at OAK with nearly a dozen new mid-haul and long-haul routes, including New York/Newark, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Orlando, and San Antonio. The airline revealed in May 2018 that Oakland would be one of the first mainland gateway airports to launch its new service to Hawaii.

In its 30-year tenure at OAK, Southwest has become the carrier of choice for flights within the State of California and across the western U.S.  Nonstop service to dozens of markets north, south, and east has existed for years and, for the first time, OAK passengers will be able to fly west aboard Southwest.

“Today’s announcement underscores the importance of Southwest’s Oakland Focus City, it’s largest operation in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The decision to launch its Hawaii service here also marks a heartened look back at Oakland’s trailblazing past,” said Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “Oakland was the site of the very first successful trans-Pacific flight from the Mainland to the Hawaiian Islands 91 years ago, and is again at the forefront by serving as the inaugural Mainland U.S. airport for these long-awaited flights.  We couldn’t be more proud to partner with our friends at Southwest, nor more excited about the launch of this historic new service and the opportunities it creates for our customers.”

In 1927, Lieutenants Maitland and Hegenberger completed the flight from Oakland to Honolulu, the first ever between Hawaii and the US Mainland. Southwest’s Hawaii flights from Oakland will take about 5 hours, and will offer award winning service, onboard entertainment and free snacks and beverages. Also, as always, “bags fly free” on Southwest Airlines.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Oakland Airport:              Keonnis R. Taylor, Spokeswoman|510-563-6500|krtaylor@portoakland.com

Southwest Airlines:        swamedia@wnco.com | 214-792-4413

 

About Oakland International Airport

Oakland International is the most centrally-located airport in the 7.7M population Bay Area region, and closest airport to the region’s top business and tourism venues. Oakland’s air service roster to over 60 nonstop destinations is offered on 14 different airline brands – seven of which operate with OAK as their sole gateway into the San Francisco Bay region.

The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.

For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details on shopping, dining, transportation, and more, visit www.oaklandairport.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

About Southwest Airlines

In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 58,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 99 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries.