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Southwest Airlines Announces New Routes From Long Beach

Southwest Airlines adds Long Beach to its list of California airports.

It figures to be busier but not noisier around Long Beach Airport.

Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday morning that the Dallas-based carrier will begin flying out of LGB. At a news conference held at the Queen Mary Thursday, Southwest said that it will begin service with four daily flights to Oakland International Airport beginning on June 5.

“As we bring much-needed competition to Long Beach this summer, our aim continues to be offering Californians the best value in air service,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines’ senior vice president of network and revenue. “Whether that value comes through using an airport that’s convenient to home or the office, or through increasing the reach of our low-fare and high-value Customer Service, Long Beach service will enable us to provide our unique value to more Californians.”

Once operational, Long Beach will become the carrier’s 98th city served, the carrier’s fifth service point in the LA Basin and its 10th airport in California.

The city of Long Beach was able to expand traffic at the airport and add Southwest service after making sure that the added flights would not violate the city’s noise ordinance. The noise law had allowed 41 flights at LGB but with new technology modern jet engines are quieter than when the original law was passed.

The new information allows for LGB to add nine flight slots. Four of those will go to Southwest while JetBlue, which is the primary carrier out of the airport, has been offered three and Delta was offered the remaining two slots.