After a loss of $ 3.5 billion in 2020 (covid12 obliges), Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines said he found optimism in the high demand for flights to and from Hawaii.
“The whole story is demand, in my mind,” Kelly said, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Demand in Hawaii is actually very strong. And what we saw was Hawaii, they went through, I’m not sure, how many executive orders we’ve had outside of Hawaii. I think 12, 13, something like that. Lots of executive orders with different ways of dealing with quarantines and things. The pre-authorized program that they’ve put in place now that multiple operators operate, really makes the experience pretty straightforward. “
Friday’s announcement of results was clearly not surprising after bringing 2020 under the coronavirus pandemic. Yet it had been debilitating for Southwest – it was the very first loss in the past 48 years.
However, Kelly is driven by what he said is the predominance of coastal – and – nature-inspired destinations, ”he explained as he continued to outdo various locations.
“(HI) is very, very strong. So we think there is a huge opportunity there, ”he said. “We’re thrilled with Long Beach (CAL), what we’re doing there. We are delighted to open the San Diego service which has been delayed. ”
Service from San-Diego was postponed a few times and finally began on November 4. It is flown continuously like.