Southwest Airways will start day by day, nonstop flights from Lengthy Seaside to Austin and Phoenix in November, the airline introduced Thursday, Could 28.
Southwest’s announcement comes within the wake of JetBlue giving up a number of flight slots at Lengthy Seaside Airport earlier this 12 months, successfully ceding its historic dominance there — and leading to Southwest and Delta every receiving three extra slots.
Starting Nov. 1, Southwest will provide round-trip, nonstop flights between Lengthy Seaside and Phoenix thrice a day, and between Lengthy Seaside and Austin as soon as a day, the airline mentioned in a press release.
JetBlue additionally gives flights to Austin and American Airways has flights to Austin.
In all, Lengthy Seaside Airport has 16 nonstop locations presently, though some companies have been quickly suspended due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the airport mentioned in a press release.
“We thank Southwest Airlines for their vote of confidence in our airport and in our local economy,” Lengthy Seaside Mayor Robert Garcia mentioned in a written assertion Thursday. “Long Beach Airport is an economic engine for the region that is key to our financial recovery fro the coronavirus pandemic.”
Southwest started service out of Lengthy Seaside in 2016. Southwest holds eight everlasting flight slots and 9 supplemental flight slots out of 53 whole for the airport.
Lengthy Seaside Airport Director Cynthia Guidry famous that Southwest’s new flights come throughout attempting instances for the trade. The airport, strategically positioned between the southern portion of Los Angeles County and the northern areas of Orange County, is in a great place to get well from the financial impacts the coronavirus pandemic has prompted, she mentioned.
“With ample, relaxing outdoor space and a small-town feel, we are well-positioned as a desirable airport in the post-COVID travel world,” Guidry mentioned, referring to the illness brought on by the coronavirus.
Southwest officers, in the meantime, described the transfer as giving them an edge amongst enterprise vacationers because the economic system opens up and restoration begins.
“Never before has Southwest been more primed to emerge as the preferred choice of corporate travel as the business climate across America begins its recovery,” Andrew Watterson, govt vice chairman and chief business officer for Southwest Airways, mentioned in a written assertion.
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