A Southwest Airlines 737-800 in Honolulu after a validation flight earlier this month. Courtesy Southwest

Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday it has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to serve Hawaii from San Diego and other California cities.

No specific routes have been announced, but the low-cost airline said it intends to offer Hawaiian service from Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento.

The airline had to demonstrate to the FAA that it could safely fly over the Pacific to Hawaii with its smaller, twin-engine 737 jetliners.

“From California, you can reach Honolulu on Oahu, Kahului on Maui, Kona on the island of Hawaii, and Lihue on Kauai,” the airline said in a statement. “We also intend to provide inter-island service, so you can fly between the Hawaiian Islands with us, too.”

Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines already fly to the islands from San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.