A Southwest Airlines 737-800 in Honolulu after a validation flight in February 2019. Courtesy Southwest

Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it will begin offering daily nonstop service next year from San Diego International Airport to Kahului and Honolulu.

Southwest will offer tickets for once-daily service to the airports on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu, with a special offer of $129 each way through midnight Wednesday evening. Flights are currently available for purchase from April 14 to June 4 for Kahului and from April 20 to June 4 for Honolulu.

“We’re grateful for the steadfast loyalty of our San Diego customers and we’re adding a Southwest heading to their compass of nonstop options,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines’ executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

The airline received FAA approval for the routes in February after validation flights to prove it could safely fly over the Pacific with its smaller, twin-engine 737 jetliners.

Once the airline begins nonstop flights between San Diego and Hawaii, Southwest will offer 28 daily flights between California and the archipelago and 38 flights between islands each day.

Tickets and a full list of the airline’s flight scheduled through June 6, 2020, are available at Southwest.com.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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