Southwest says new Hawaii routes will be delayed for months due to shutdown

Southwest says new Hawaii routes will be delayed for months due to shutdown

Southwest Airlines on Thursday said that they will have to delay their new route to Hawaii for months because of the government shutdown, USA Today reports.

The airline has a "reasonable chance'' of beginning service by the end of March if the shutdown ends within a week, Southwest chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven said.

"Otherwise, it will actually be in the second quarter,'' he added.

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The airline explained that because of the partial government shutdown, they cannot receive the necessary certification from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin cross-oceanic flights.

"Our remaining work is currently suspended until the government reopens and the FAA is allowed to resume normal certification activities," CEO Gary Kelly said in a profit report Thursday.

"We are anxious for the government to resolve this shutdown so we can bring low fares and a boost to Hawaii's travel and tourism industry."

Southwest said the shutdown has cost them an estimated $10 million to $15 million in lost revenue in January.

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