Tickets have been selling fast for Southwest Airlines’ long-awaited start of mainland and interisland service for the islands. Southwest will offer service between Oakland and Kahului, Maui on April 7, and between San Jose and Honolulu on May 5. Service between San Jose and Kahului will begin on May 26.
On April 28, Southwest will start interisland service four times daily in each direction, between Honolulu and Kahului. From May 12, the airline will begin service between Honolulu and Kona, flying four times daily in each direction. Introductory low-fare flights drew hundreds to Southwest’s website. “The competition will be good for consumers,” said Governor Ige. “The cost of interisland travel is one of the biggest issues I hear from people. It keeps folks from visiting family and vacationing on other islands.”