Southwest Airlines performing validation flights for Hawaii routes

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FILE- In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018, file photo ramp workers prepare a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 for departure to Denver from Minneapolis International Airport in Minneapolis. Southwest Airlines Co. reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Southwest Airlines is getting one step closer to beginning passenger service to Hawaii.

The airline confirmed today that they will be performing a long-range navigation and communication validation flight from Oakland to Honolulu. The flight is scheduled for Tuesday.

Upon successful completion of this validation flight, Southwest will continue with the next steps of their ETOPS application process.

Southwest originally announced their intent to serve mainland to Hawaii and interisland routes on May 2018.

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