Southwest Airlines plans to launch service to Hawaii in 2018.
The low-cost carrier made the announcement Wednesday evening, ending years of speculation.
While Southwest said it will begin selling tickets to Hawaii next year, it did not release details on which routes the airline will serve.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, meanwhile, reports that in addition to mainland to Hawaii routes, Southwest is trying to determine whether to offer inter-island travel.
Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said the announcement was “long-awaited by our customers, fans and more than 55,000 of the world’s most-loved airline employees.”
“Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so…