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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 121622-2
Southwest Connects Long Beach to Orlando with Saturday Service, Plus Additional Flights to Chicago
Kate Kuykendall
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport

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Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines has announced that it will launch weekly nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Florida’s Orlando International Airport (MCO) this summer, plus additional weekday flights to Chicago Midway International (MDW). Tickets are available now at 

“Our award-winning Long Beach Airport and our partners at Southwest Airlines are continuing to connect more travelers to our city and to new destinations,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “LGB offers one of the best travel experiences anywhere in the country and these additional destinations only enhance that.”

Southwest’s flights to Florida—utilizing the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet—will depart LGB on Saturdays on a seasonal basis. Flights to Chicago, already offered daily, will now be offered twice daily on weekdays.

In addition to the new flights offered starting July 11, 2023, Southwest offers daily service throughout the year between Long Beach and cities nationwide such as Orlando and Chicago through the airline’s point-to-point network.

“We welcome Southwest adding more Chicago flights and coast-to-coast options for LGB travelers,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “And with LGB’s proximity to Disneyland, and MCO’s location near Walt Disney World, one could say these new flights are building a bridge between the two happiest places on earth.”

Southwest Airlines first began service from LGB in 2016 and has continued to increase its presence at the Airport since then. Including Orlando, and previously announced service to New Orleans starting in January, the Dallas-based airline will fly nonstop to 17 U.S. cities from LGB.

Of the 53 daily flight slots currently held at Long Beach’s noise-controlled airport, Southwest currently holds a majority, with a total of 40. In addition to Southwest’s flight slots, Delta Air Lines holds seven, American Airlines holds three, and Hawaiian Airlines has two, with nonstop service to 18 destinations across the nation, including Hawaii. UPS also has one flight slot.

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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 a Top 10 airport in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for Best Small Airport. 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.