City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 011923
Southwest Connects Long Beach to Kansas City with Daily Nonstop Service Starting March 9
Kate Kuykendall
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport

Photo of Southwest Airlines plane with passengers boarding and sunset in background.

Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines has announced that it will launch daily nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport (MCI) this spring, with the first flight set to depart on March 9. Tickets are available now at

 “Non-stop flights to and from Kansas City are a great addition to a growing list of destinations offered at our award-winning Long Beach Airport and through our partners at Southwest Airlines,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “If you want one of the best travel experiences anywhere in the country, Long Beach brings it. We look forward to welcoming travelers from Missouri.”

Flights to the Show-Me State, utilizing the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet, are initially scheduled to depart LGB at 1:20 p.m. daily and arrive at their destination at 6:30 p.m. Arriving flights will leave from MCI at 11:25 a.m. and land at LGB at 12:40 p.m.

The March launch for the new service is timed to coincide with the spring 2023 completion of a major $1.5 billion terminal renovation at Kansas City International Airport designed to modernize and streamline the passenger experience. The transformational project in the Heart of America is the largest single infrastructure project in that city’s history.  

“We welcome Southwest adding more flight options for LGB travelers and providing a connection between Long Beach and the beautiful new facilities being unveiled at Kansas City International Airport,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry.

Southwest first began service from LGB in 2016. The Dallas-based airline has continued to increase its presence at LGB since then, recently adding flights to New Orleans and Orlando—as well as this new route to Kansas City.

With the new additions, Southwest provides service to 18 nonstop routes from LGB to U.S. cities. The destinations also provide opportunities for countless connections within Southwest’s point-to-point network.

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About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Airport 
Founded in 1923, Long Beach Airport (LGB) is the oldest airport in California. Among its many awards, LGB was named one of the 2022 Top Ten airports in the country by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. The Airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, with the LGB Aviation Complex generating $8.6 billion in economic impact and supporting 46,000 jobs. LGB is a self-supporting enterprise of the City of Long Beach and does not receive local tax dollars. The Airport prides itself in preserving its esteemed historic legacy and maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LGBAirport.