» Southwest Airlines' first test flight to Hawaii a success
Southwest is also launching inter-island flights, CNN said. The first of those will be between Honolulu and Kahului on April 28.
Southwest getting into this market is great news for consumers, especially for inter-island trips, because Hawaii flights are notoriously expensive.
According to a Hawaii tourism blog, Hawaii has had only one inter-island airline since Aloha Airlines went down in 2008.
Flights to the island are less pricey, but still more expensive than the equivalent distance over land. According to a separate USA Today article, one reason is because planes that fly to Hawaii have to meet a higher standard.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration requires planes that make long trips over water meet ETOPS, the Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards.
ETOPS-certified planes need more redundancies for their electrical or communication systems. They also have to carry more fuel and life rafts.