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

Stephen M. Keller  / Southwest Airlines

Hawaii Gov. David Ige greets the Southwest Airlines inaugural flight to Hawaii March 17, 2019 after it lands in Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: 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.

— Maria Lenhart

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