Southwest Airlines plans for service to Hawaii

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HONOLULU – Southwest Airlines is planning to offer flights between Hawaii and the mainland and expects tickets to go on sale next year, airline officials said.

The Dallas-based airline made the announcement Wednesday in a joint address by Southwest President Tom Nealon and Hawaii Gov. David Ige to thousands of employees.

The airline will begin the application process to obtain the Federal Aviation Administration certification that allows aircraft to operate between the mainland and Hawaii. Although the airline did not indicate what routes it will offer to the state, airline officials said they are evaluating the possibility of offering flights between the islands as well.