Articles tagged “hawaii”

Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As Southwest Airlines ramps up its highly anticipated Hawaii service, fares from the mainland and between the islands are expected to become more competitive and encourage more tourism. The question is whether Hawaii’s infrastructure, which is already impacted by high room rates and occupancies, can handle it.

3 weeks ago

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Southwest Airlines’ entry into the Hawaii market is likely to bring more competitive airfares from the U.S. mainland and also on inter-island routes. The good news may be tempered, however, by rising hotel rates and limited availability in Hawaii’s most popular destinations.

3 weeks ago

Southwest Reveals Details of California-Hawaii Flights

Southwest Reveals Details of California-Hawaii Flights

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The discount carrier will hit the ground running this month, adding new routes through the end of May. Is Hawaiian Airlines ready for the new competition?

2 months ago

Southwest Airlines Wins Approval for Hawaii Flights

Southwest Airlines Wins Approval for Hawaii Flights

Associated Press

We know why consumers have been so interested in Southwest's plans to fly to Hawaii. Southwest tends to stimulate the market at first, so prices drop. We're more curious at why people were so interested in the government approval process. Southwest has been around for nearly 50 years, with an almost perfect safety record. It was always going to win approval. The only question was when.

2 months ago

Southwest Moves Closer to Hawaii Flights After Test Run from Honolulu to Dallas

Southwest Moves Closer to Hawaii Flights After Test Run from Honolulu to Dallas

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest must be thrilled for all the free media attention. But let's be clear. The airline has been around for five decades. It has talented maintenance and executive teams. It knows what's required to fly long distances over water. The airline will be approved to fly to Hawaii. The only question is exactly when.

2 months ago

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Southwest has known for years that there is money to be made in differentiation and protecting your brand identity regardless of what Wall Street thinks. That's a factor in its decision not to launch basic economy or bag fees.

3 months ago

Shutdown Puts Southwest’s Hawaii Service on Ice

Shutdown Puts Southwest’s Hawaii Service on Ice

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest hasn't given a new start date, which likely means its plans are somewhat up in the air. The length of the delay will depend on how long the standoff in Washington continues.

3 months ago

Alaska Is Blaming Rivals for Weakening Hawaii Business

Alaska Is Blaming Rivals for Weakening Hawaii Business

Brian Sumers, Skift

Hawaii has been a profitable niche for Alaska Airlines for a long time. But now the market is under siege. Competitors want their slice of the profits.

6 months ago

Southwest CEO: ‘Number One Priority’ Is Controlling Costs

Southwest CEO: ‘Number One Priority’ Is Controlling Costs

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There's no way around it: Southwest's new emphasis on cost-containment, productivity gains, and other efficiencies doesn't provide an optimistic outlook for passenger experience. It should make Southwest a more profitable airline — if passengers go along for the ride.

6 months ago

Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Is Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Lane

Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Is Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Lane

Audrey McAvoy and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said more than 270,000 tourists are currently visiting the Hawaiian islands – roughly the population of Cincinnati. The tourism industry hasn't faced a hurricane threat like this in many years, but feels prepared ahead of the storm.

8 months ago

Hawaii Ruling Stands That B&B Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couple

Hawaii Ruling Stands That B&B Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couple

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Hopefully this will put pressure on all kinds of travel brands, from small businesses to the largest companies, to be more welcoming of all travelers.

9 months ago

Hawaiian Airlines CEO on Staying Small While Withstanding Competition

Hawaiian Airlines CEO on Staying Small While Withstanding Competition

Brian Sumers, Skift

In the airline industry, bigger is almost always better. But Hawaiian Airlines is betting its unique niche will help it as more competitors add capacity in its markets. Still, the airline could someday be a takeover target for another airline that wants to grow.

11 months ago