Southwest Airlines to serve Long Beach Airport beginning June 5 2016
Southwest Airlines Co. announced new service linking Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Oakland with four flights a day in each direction beginning Sunday, June 5, 2016. Southwest announced the news aboard the iconic RMS Queen Mary with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and other representatives of Long Beach government, business, and tourism in attendance.
The carrier was awarded four slot pairs following its February 2016 application with the City of Long Beach to bring new service. Once operational, Long Beach will become the carrier's 98th city served, the carrier's fifth service point in the LA Basin and its 10th airport in California.
"As we bring much needed competition to Long Beach this summer, our aim continues to be offering Californians the best value in air service," said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines' Senior Vice President of Network & Revenue. "Whether that value comes through using an airport that's convenient to home or the office, or through increasing the reach of our low-fare and high-value Customer Service, Long Beach service will enable us to provide our unique value to more Californians who already know and love us!"
The carrier's initial flight schedule of four flights in each direction, each weekday, also brings connectivity between Long Beach and 19 cities on the Southwest network across the Pacific Northwest and mid-America. Though some airlines allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances, Southwest will bring to Long Beach its brand-standard bags fly free for everyone, allowing every Customer flying on every fare to check a first and second bag without a fee (weight and size limitations apply.)
The latest statistics reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) continue a years-long trend: Southwest is California's largest carrier of both air travelers journeying within the state and of passengers traveling to/from California. Southwest continues to plan for 2016 year-over-year available seat mile growth in the 5-6 percent range.