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Southwest plans to fly nonstop to Hawaii from Sacramento

Southwest Airlines is expanding Sacramento service to New Orleans and Houston.
Southwest Airlines is expanding Sacramento service to New Orleans and Houston. AP file

Sacramento is one of four California cities in line for new service to Hawaii later this year, Southwest Airlines announced Thursday.

The airline said it hopes to get approval in the next few weeks to launch nonstop flights from the capital city, Oakland, San Jose and San Diego.

They would be Southwest’s first flights to the islands.

Sacramento International Airport air service manager Mark Haneke said the airline could get the OK by the end of May to begin selling tickets for flights that could launch at the end of the year.

"For them to include us is fantastic and very telling," Haneke said. "It means that we are one of their key markets."

Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines already fly nonstop daily to Hawaii. But Southwest frequent fliers have been pushing for that carrier to enter the market.

Southwest said it intends to fly to four Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the leeward side of the big island, Hawaii.

An airline official said the carrier also is considering inter-island flights after it begins service from Sacramento and the three other California cities.

Earlier this week, Frontier Airlines announced it is returning to Sacramento with nonstop flights to Las Vegas and Denver. The airport also is wooing international carriers in hopes of landing a nonstop flight to Europe.

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