Southwest Airlines to start daily nonstop flights to Phoenix and Austin in November

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CJ Dablo | Signal Tribune

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Southwest Airlines will begin daily, nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona in November, the airline announced today.

The new flights will almost double the number of Southwest’s one-stop destination flights available from LGB.

“We thank Southwest Airlines for their vote of confidence in our airport and in our local economy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Long Beach Airport is an economic engine for the region that is key to our financial recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

One daily flight to Austin and three daily flights to Phoenix will take off from LGB starting in November.

LGB offers nonstop flights to 16 destinations, although some flights are temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Travelers can also reach Austin through JetBlue flights, and Phoenix through American Airlines.

“We are grateful that Southwest Airlines continues to invest in Long Beach Airport, especially during these challenging times,” said Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “With ample, relaxing outdoor space and a small-town feel, we are well-positioned as a desirable airport in the post-COVID travel world.”

Southwest Airlines’ flights began departing from LGB in 2016.

The airline currently holds eight of LGB’s 53 permanent flight slots, as well as nine supplemental flight slots. The addition of new nonstop flights will not affect the number of flight slots assigned to Southwest Airlines.

“Austin and Phoenix will be our sixth and seventh cities linked to Long Beach and address both nonstop travel demand to and from those airports, and also provide our customers many connections to places beyond them,” said Adam Decaire, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Network Planning. “Our value and hospitality pair well with the easy passenger experience that Long Beach Airport gives travelers.”

To protect the health of passengers, physical distancing, new disinfecting protocols and required facial coverings will be utilized. To read more about LGB’s safety measure visit the airport’s web page on the City’s website.