By Wendy Osher
Southwest Airlines today told its employees that it has been officially certified by the FAA to enable the airline to fly flights serving Hawai'i, says a Maui airline spokesman Now.
Brad Hawkins, communications specialist at Southwest Airlines, told Maui Now, "The FAA has officially granted Southwest permission to conduct ETOPS or Extended Operations flights, which will enable us, among other things, to service Hawai'i, as previously announced . "
FAA Maui Now spokesman said, "The FAA can confirm that it has approved Southwest's Hawai'i service. As usual, we will reinforce our operations monitoring six months before the flight begins. "
Last year, the airline announced that it would offer Hawai'i non-stop service from four California airports.
Hawkins said even more on the Hawai & # 39; i service is yet to come. "We now have teams completing our plans to provide Hawai'i with a service, and we will publicly announce the timetable for inaugural flights and other services as we release our timetable in the coming days."
Certain routes are not yet available The airline's website states that its original intent is to launch the Hawai'i nonstop service from Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento. The routes are s and must be approved by the government. From California, airlines intend to operate Honolulu on O'ahu, Kahului on Maui, Kona on Hawai'i Island and Līhue on Kaua'i.
According to the company's website, Southwest also wants to offer Interisland service, so passengers can also fly between the Hawaiian Islands.
Southwest completed its first validation flight to Hawaii earlier this month and tested test flights through islands as part of the FAA approval process.
To learn more about the service intentions of airlines, customers can visit Southwest.com/Hawaii .