• Southwest says aloha to Hawaii

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:

    It has been years of consumers asking, but now it will become a reality. Southwest Airlines is expanding its service to Hawaii.

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    The company made the announcement Wednesday in a reply to a tweet from 2008.

    The company has not said what routes it will fly, but will start selling trips to the islands next year, USA Today reported.

    Southwest is also apparently looking at flights between the islands, not just from the mainland to Hawaii, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

    The airline made the announcement in advance of filing its application to get the Federal Aviation Administration’s ETOPS certification. ETOPS stands for extended twin operations, and it checks out how far a plane can be away from land and over water if an engine fails.

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