MIAMI — Southwest Airlines confirmed a second destination out of Long Beach Airport, with a new temporary service to Las Vegas, beginning September 18 through December 31, 2016.
The Dallas-based carrier will utilize three unused flight slots allocated to JetBlue. Southwest requested and was granted the temporary allocation of of two to three flights, in compliance with the Long Beach’s Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance.
“We are delighted that Southwest is putting these unused slots to use at the Long Beach Airport,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This will attract new customers and bring additional revenue to our airport.”
Under the Flight Allocation Resolution enacted by the City of Long Beach as part of the Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance, unutilized flight slots allocated to one carrier may be temporarily reallocated to another carrier. Southwest reserved three unused flight slots for usage Sundays through Fridays, and two unused flight slots for usage on Saturdays.
“We’re giving Long Beach even longer reach by adding flights to Las Vegas and building on a decades-long commitment to California,” said Dave Harvey, Southwest’s managing director of business development.
“As with our existing nonstop service to Oakland, the Vegas market appeals to people traveling locally between the two airports for fun or work, while also offering our customers in dozens of U.S. cities a shorter trip to Long Beach through same-plane or connecting service” Harvey said.
In March, Southwest announced its intention of serving Long Beach, the carrier’s fifth Los Angeles area airport and 10th airport served in California, and inaugurated service on June 5 with daily flights to Oakland.