Southwest to expand Hawaii service at Oakland International Airport

Oakland, Calif. – Aug. 16, 2019:  Southwest Airlines has announced that beginning January 2020, the airline will add two new long-haul destinations at Oakland International Airport (OAK) – Lihue, Kauai Island and Kona on the Island of Hawaii.

Service to Kona (KOA) will operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Service to Lihue (LIH) is scheduled to operate three times weekly, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis, said, “OAK is incredibly pleased to join our partners at Southwest in offering this expanded service to the Hawaiian Islands. As the very first mainland airport to offer Southwest’s service to Hawaii, each evolution of this long-awaited service is a value added for our customers.”

In October 2017, Southwest shared an intention to begin the technical work to bring capabilities for Hawaii service, applied with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January 2018, and publicly announced the carrier’s initial gateway airports and initial Hawaii airports in spring 2018.

Southwest Airlines first operated Hawaii service on March 17, 2019, from Oakland to Honolulu.

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 wealth of business and tourism venues. Oakland’s air service roster to over 60 nonstop destinations is offered on 12 different airline brands – four 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 84,000 jobs in the region and over a million jobs across the United States.

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