Southwest Airlines launched its first non-stop SAN service to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) with an 8am flight. Kimberly Becker, president and chief executive officer of the San Diego County Regional Airports Authority, said in a press release that the airport has been anticipating the nonstop route for months.
“There has always been a high demand for leisure travel both in San Diego and Honolulu, and with a military presence in every city, a desire to visit friends and family,” he said. -she adds.
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Although this is the first time Southwest has offered SAN nonstop service to HNL, two other airlines currently offer the nonstop route from San Diego: Hawaiian and Alaska Airlines.
On Southwest’s website, the new nonstop flight (with the 2-hour time difference between California and Hawaii) reached a 6-hour and 20-minute trip. Ticket prices (for travel in the weeks to come in November) started at around $ 445, round trip.
San Diego International Airport said travelers to Hawaii should review the state’s COVID-era travel policy, which includes a pre-trip testing program, health form, and screening. the temperature on arrival.
Last month – the first day of the pre-trip testing program – nearly 8,000 people landed in Hawaii. The new program allows travelers to visit the islands without quarantine for two weeks if they test negative for COVID-19. At the start of the pandemic, health officials in Hawaii imposed a mandatory quarantine rule on all visitors, and they believe that rule was integral to the state’s early success in keeping the virus at bay.
The pandemic has deeply affected Hawaii’s tourism industry and this new testing program is an effort to bring some of that tourism back to the islands as the world continues to see a decline in air travel.