• The FAA has approved Southwest Airlines' proposal to fly to Hawaii.
  • The airline had to show regulators its ability to fly its jets over water for extended periods of time away from diversion airports.
  • The approval comes as Southwest is locked in a bitter dispute with its mechanics over grounded jets.
A Southwest Airlines jet leaves Midway Airport on January 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Southwest Airlines is finally on its way to Hawaii.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday approved the low-cost carrier to fly to the islands from the West Coast, Southwest said.