MIAMI — New York-based carrier JetBlue has announced a major expansion out of Long Beach to several popular destinations, in a move to expand its presence on the U.S. west coast.

Beginning in November JetBlue will increase frequencies on routes between Long Beach (LGB) and Las Vegas (LAS), with three additional daily flights; San Francisco (SFO) and Salt Lake City (SLC) with one additional flight each. The carrier will also start flights to San Jose International Airport (SJC), starting on January 4, 2017.

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“It is terrific that JetBlue, Long Beach’s largest airline, is adding more flights to its existing destinations of Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and San Francisco and even better that they are bringing back service to San Jose as they utilize all of their slots in Long Beach,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

“Since landing in Long Beach in 2001, our customers have come to expect nothing but the best when they fly and we can’t wait to welcome them aboard these new flights” said Dave Clark, vice president network planning, JetBlue.

The new route and added frequencies will utilize all of JetBlue’s slots at Long Beach Airport, and will add nine new daily departures.

Last July, Southwest launched a temporary Long Beach – Las Vegas service, beginning September 18 through December 31, 2016. The carrier will use three unused flight slots allocated to JetBlue under the city’s flight allocation resolution.

JetBlue’s Long Beach expansion news comes days after the announcement to expand its acclaimed Mint product, together with an Airbus A321 order upgrade, adding 30 additional aircraft (15 A321ceo and 15 A321neo), which according to the airline ” are aimed at offering a better experience and more choices to west coast customers facing less competition.”

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