California’s largest carrier of air travelers files slot application for Long Beach Airport


DALLAS, Texas – Airline employees gathered at a satellite viewing location in downtown Los Angeles to cheer the rally announcement that would add a tenth California airport to the Southwest route map. The company continues to plan for 2016 year-over-year available seat mile growth in the 5-6 percent range.

The company is Southwest Airlines Co. that today confirmed its interest and application to bring more low-fare service to Greater Los Angeles by adding new Southwest® service in 2016 at Long Beach Airport. Working with the City of Long Beach, the carrier this week formally applied for slot authority to offer new service, subject to requisite approvals. Southwest’s operation at Long Beach would be an addition to the carrier’s greater Los Angeles presence at Los Angeles (LAX), Burbank, Orange County/Santa Ana, and Ontario.

Southwest offers more daily departures from California airports than any other airline, 160 of which are intrastate flights landing within the state, connecting 19 unique California city-pair combinations as of summer 2016. Southwest’s California airports will offer a combined peak weekday schedule of 678 departures to destinations across the United States, Mexico, and Liberia, Costa Rica (subject to foreign government approval). Southwest not only carries more Californians within the state each day, the airline brings more air travelers to and from California daily than any other carrier, according to the most recent statistics reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.