Southwest Airlines will serve four Hawaiian destinations
when it begins flying to the islands either late this year or sometime in 2019.
Along with Honolulu, the carrier will fly to the Big Island,
Maui and Kauai.
"While we do not yet have details to share on exact
dates or routes, they do represent our initial footprints and top priorities
for the soonest service in the State of Hawaii," the carrier said.
Southwest announced last October that it planned to begin flying
to the 50th state. Along with flights from the U.S. mainland, the carrier has
held out the possibility of flying intra-island routes.
On Thursday, Southwest repeated its previous assurances that
Hawaii tickets will go on sale this year, even if flights don't begin until
The carrier also said it is has entered into a deal with
Alaska Airlines to lease 12 daily landing rights at capacity-constrained New
York LaGuardia and eight slots at capacity-constrained Washington Reagan
Southwest hasn't said where it will fly from those airports.