Southwest Airlines Oakland to Honolulu
Southwest Airlines launched flights from Oakland to Honolulu on 17 March, with the former airport, recently named overall winner at the Routes Americas marketing awards, baking this incredible cake. Pictured alongside the route launch masterpiece are: Danny Akaka; Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland; Andrew Watterson, Chief Revenue Officer, Southwest Airlines; John Albrecht, Marketing Manager, Oakland Airport; and Anna Akaka.
- Southwest Airlines launched its first-ever route to Hawaii on 17 March, with it commencing a route between Oakland (OAK) and Honolulu (HNL). The carrier, since launch, has operated the 3,870-kilometre airport pair daily using its 737-800s, with OAG Schedules Analyser data showing that the route will go to twice-daily from 24 April, with flights departing Oakland from this date at 09:10 (flight number WN 5700) and at 12:55 (WN 6569). The route is already flown by Hawaiian Airlines daily and Alaska Airlines four times weekly. Along with launching its first service to Hawaii, the carrier over the past two weeks has launched a number of new routes, with these services all seeing just a weekly frequency. More details on these routes, plus the Oakland to Honolulu link, can be seen in the table below. Overall five of the nine routes launched will face direct competition.
||Delta Air Lines (21), Frontier Airlines (7)
||Spirit Airlines (7), Frontier Airlines (6), United Airlines (1)
||Delta Air Lines (1)
|St. Louis (STL)
||Montego Bay (MBJ)
|Punta Cana (PUJ)
||Frontier Airlines (3)
||Dallas Love Field (DAL)
|Palm Beach (PBI)
|Houston Hobby (HOU)
||Hawaiian Airlines (7), Alaska Airlines (4)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 19 March. WF = Weekly frequencies.