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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 033116
Southwest Airlines Announces Flights from Long Beach Airport Airline to Offer Four Flights a Day to Oakland
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky
Public Affairs

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is getting a new airline as well as new routes that will begin service in June 2016. Mayor Robert Garcia, representatives from the City of Long Beach and LGB joined Southwest Airlines today aboard the iconic Queen Mary for the special announcement. The airline revealed that when it begins service from Long Beach Airport, it will offer four flights a day to Oakland.

“We are thrilled to welcome Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest low-cost carrier, to Long Beach Airport,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our airport is well known for providing excellent customer service, and with Southwest’s reputation for customer satisfaction and affordable air fares, it is a fitting addition to Long Beach.”

In February, the airport announced that four of nine flight slots newly made available, as required by the Noise Ordinance and confirmed by findings in the most recent annual Noise Budget Analysis, had been awarded to Southwest Airlines. The airline was given 90 days from the point of notification to make flights available for sale, and six months to begin operations from the airport.

“Southwest Airlines announcement that they will be starting service to Oakland from LGB is a great event for our customers,” said Juan Lopez-Rios, Interim Airport Director. “Now, the traveling public will have yet another reason for flying through Long Beach Airport.”

Southwest will begin offering flights to Oakland on June 5, 2016. The location allows travelers to connect to 19 of the airline’s other destinations. To inaugurate the new service, Southwest has announced a fare sale with one-way flights starting at $49.

For more information, please see Southwest Airlines’ official press release at:

About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently completed a revitalization to update its facilities. In 2012, a new 35,000-sq ft passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, both Fodor’s Travel Guide and Yahoo Travel named LGB one of the top 10 terminals in the world, and Conde Nast Traveler readers voted LGB No. 4 in their annual Best Airports in America feature. Today, LGB hosts three airlines offering non-stop service to several U.S. cities, and serves over 2.6 million commercial airline passengers annually while supporting a healthy general aviation community with nearly 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally-responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.