“Big news for the Island of Hawaii!” Southwest posted on Twitter on May 11. “We’re excited to announce that Hilo will be the fifth airport served by Southwest in the Hawaiian Islands.”
The airline began service between Oakland and and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on March 17 and currently operates nonstop flights to Hawaii from Oakland and San Jose. The airline earlier said it would start service between Hawaii and San Diego and Sacramento, but no dates have been announced. (No Los Angeles flights are planned.)
Southwest serves Honolulu, Kona, on the west side of Hawaii Island, and Kahului on Maui. It earlier announced plans to fly to Lihue on Kauai (no date given), and started inter-island flights last weekend between Kona and Honolulu.
An earlier L.A. Times story said Southwest’s entry into the Hawaii market caused a 17% drop in April in airfares between California and Hawaii, compared with the same time last year.