Southwest Airlines Announces Service to Kona, Other Hawai`i Destinations

Southwest Airlines on Thursday announced the intent begin service to four airports across the state, including Kona International Airport.

The information was as part of Southwest’s First Quarter Financial Report.

We continue to expect to begin selling tickets in 2018 for service to Hawai`i, and today we announce our intent to begin service to four Hawaiian airports: Honolulu International Airport, Lihue Airport, Kona International Airport at Keahole, and Kahului Airport,” a statement from the company read.

Additionally, South West has entered into an agreement with Alaska Airlines to lease 12 slots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and eight slots at Washington Reagan National Airport.

“These opportunities complement our network and fit within our existing 2018 growth plans, with available seat miles (ASMs) expected to increase in the low five percent range, year-over-year,” officials say.