Report: Southwest Airlines bargain fares to Hawaii from California cause prices to fall

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Southwest Airlines launched service last month from California to Hawaii, and offered short-term quotes with tickets from $ 49 each way.

The tickets were quickly snapped up, but Southwest promising more deals when it added more routes to Hawaii from California.

What has not disappeared is the effect the airline's entry into the island has had on its competitors.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that since Southwest began flying to Hawaii, prices have fallen 17 percent among all airlines flying there.

At this time last year you could expect to pay about $ 500 for a round trip ticket. This year, the average price is $ 41[ads1]2.

Southwest is adding more flights from the Bay Area with service to Maui from Oakland taking off on Sunday. Travelers will be able to start flying to Hawaii from San Jose in May.

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