DALLAS >> Southwest Airlines says it has received government approval to begin flights between California and Hawaii.
DALLAS >> Southwest Airlines says it has received government approval to begin flights between California and Hawaii, preventing a long-stretched effort that has been delayed by the government's closure.
The airline's chief operating officer, Mike Van de Ven, told employees today that the Federal Aviation Administration had granted approval.
Van de Ven says Southwest will announce the timing of ticket sales and the start of flights in the coming days.  Southwest plans to launch flights from four California cities to Hawaii.
The airline needed an FAA certificate to carry out long overwater flights for which only a few emergency landings are possible. In recent weeks, Southwest has conducted several test flights with FAA staff on board to monitor navigation and communications, for example.