Southwest could face legal hiccup in Hawaii expansion

Published: Oct. 26, 2017 at 2:28 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 26, 2017 at 8:38 AM HST
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Southwest Airlines and its expansion to Hawaii may soon be facing a legal speed bump.

A union on the mainland is threatening to block the airline's expansion to the islands, citing ongoing disputes. Brought forth by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, the dispute over the outsourcing of maintenance has been ongoing for five years, the association says.

"We have got to stop the continuous breaching of our contract and many times its for outsourcing, so we are going to try to prevent this from happening," said Bret Oestreich, of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association.

Southwest tells Hawaii News Now it has not received a complaint from the union, and planned Hawaii flights do not violate any contract agreement.

The company officially announced service to the islands in early October, promising lower fares and more competition in the local travel industry.

Service is slated to begin in 2018.

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