Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines comes to Long Beach.

Travelers will soon able to fly directly to six new locations from the Long Beach Airport.

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday, Dec. 10, that it will launch daily nonstop service to Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Reno and St. Louis in March. The news came two days after Hawaiian Airlines announced it will launch daily nonstop service to Maui, also in March.

Long Beach is “very pleased to see a diversity of destinations for residents and travelers,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “Once this pandemic is over we look forward to our airport playing a key role in our economic recovery.”

The announcement of Southwest’s new destinations came two months after JetBlue ended its service in the city. Southwest claimed all of the flight slots that JetBlue relinquished upon its departure, making the Dallas-based airline the new dominant carrier at the Long Beach Airport.

Southwest expects to operate about 25 daily flights out of Long Beach in March, growing to 34 daily flights starting in April.

“These new routes bring more reach for Long Beach with nonstop service to mid-continent business centers and offer our Customers in the eastern half of the country the ease of experience of Long Beach Airport,” Southwest’s Vice President of Network Planning Adam Decaire said in a statement. “Our plan forward for Long Beach Customers contemplates an anticipated recovery in travel paired with best use of slots for which we are, again, so grateful.”


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