Southwest Airlines adds second daily flight from Long Beach to Honolulu

Southwest Airlines announced another daily flight to Hawaii Thursday morning bringing Long Beach Airport’s daily flights to the islands to five.

Southwest already operated one daily flight to both Honolulu and Maui but said Thursday that it was adding a second daily flight to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines also flies two daily flights out of Long Beach, offering service to Honolulu and Maui.

“We’re building on an era of affordability that Southwest initiated for Hawaii air travel,” Andrew Watterson, chief commercial officer & executive vice president for Southwest said in a press release.

“These new flights bring Hawaii service closer to more of our customers who live near airports across the West, and make it possible to choose Southwest to fly between the Aloha State and cities as far east as Nashville, without spending an entire overnight in the air.”

Southwest’s announcement included new flights from other western cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, Las Vegas and Phoenix, all of which can fly non-stop to the Hawaiian Islands.

Southwest is Long Beach’s largest tenant, possessing 34 of the airport’s daily flight slots. The airport launched a new webpage Thursday dedicated to its airlines’ Hawaiian operations.

“We believe Long Beach Airport offers the most easygoing and convenient traveler experience in Southern California and that there is no better place to begin your Hawaiian vacation,” Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said in a statement.

Travelers to Hawaii are still required to show proof of a negative test and both Hawaiian and Southwest have testing operations in the parking lot at the airport.

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.