Southwest Airlines passengers can now fly directly from San Diego to Honolulu on a new service that took off from San Diego International Airport on Wednesday.
Southwest Airlines launches its first nonstop service from SAN to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) with 8am flight. Kimberly Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said in a press release that the airport had been scheduled for nonstop flight for several months.
“There is always a high demand for recreational travel to both San Diego and Honolulu, and with a military presence in every city, looking forward to visiting friends and family,” she added.
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Although this marks the first time Southwest offers direct SAN service to HNL, two other airlines currently offer nonstop service outside of San Diego: Hawaiian and Alaska.
On the Southwest website, a new nonstop flight (the time difference between California and Hawaii is 2 hours) with a travel time of 6 hours 20 minutes. Fares (for travel in the coming weeks in November) start at around $ 445, round trip.
San Diego International Airport says visitors to Hawaii should consider the state’s COVID era travel policy, including a pre-travel check, health form and on-arrival temperature check. .
Last month – on the first day of the pre-travel pilot program – nearly 8,000 people landed in Hawaii. The new program allows tourists to visit the islands without isolation for two weeks if they test negative for COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, Hawaii health officials enforced the mandatory quarantine rule for all visitors and believed it was an integral part of the state’s initial success in virus prevention.
The pandemic has deeply affected Hawaii’s tourism and this new pilot program is an attempt to bring some tourism industries back into the islands as the world continues to see a drop in tourism. air.