NEC member Southwest Airlines began a new regular route between Honolulu and Hilo, HI, along with other flights to, from, and between the islands.
The new route from Honolulu to Hilo will travel four times daily in each direction, and is one of several new routes opened by the airline over recent weeks. The Hilo community hosted a festival the day before the first flight was set to land, where more than 2,000 people came to celebrate the arrival of the new airline.
“This is going to be a real game-changer for Hilo,” said Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau. “It’s going to change our whole perspective on tourism…Having two airlines already is great, Hawaiian and United are both great, but Southwest is something else.”
The Council applauds Southwest for continuing to connect people and communities across the country. Read more in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.