WN to Hawaii from LGB makes ZERO sense when LAX is up the street; that's the EASIEST airport for them to do Hawaii from and they didn't plan on doing it pre-pandemic so you can pretty much count that out now
Why people think LGB is some kind of gold mine is beyond me, and most others here
I Don't know what LAX-Hawaii going to be like in a post Covid environment but it was already a blood bath before with everyone flying the market.
WN LAX Gates are still minus one gate. It was at maximum usage for WN already.
It's possible once it opens up they might add LAX-Hawaii but the ETOPS turns eat up a lot of valuable gate time.
Now If WN were to finally fly RED Eyes I would say yes LAX would probably be the gateway if there solely reliant on connections.
WN is not JetBlue and they dominate the southern California marketshare.
So LGB is like BUR,ONT and SNA it adds value to the Complete marketshare.
LGB out of the 5 airports is the cheapest to operate from so adding Hawaii non stops Makes sense.
WN passengers are Loyal and will drive to whatever airport in the area has the cheapest flights. WN Highest rapid rewards membership comes from SoCal so if WN did offer flights just from LGB they definitely will not be needing the network feed for the Hawaii flights.
Once the MAX8/MAX7 returns to service they will Add DEN,PHX and LAS for the connections.
I also see SoCal Hawaii gateway trifecta coming from WN using LGB,BUR and ONT.
WN is in the long game at LGB so it's not going anywhere.
my post are my opinion only and not those of southwest airlines and or airtran airlines.