Southwest Airlines, Long Beach’s largest tenant, said over the weekend that the delays were due to a mixture of weather and staffing limitations brought on by the pandemic. The airline holds 35 of the 53 daily flight slots at Long Beach airport. Southwest reportedly cancelled over 2,000 flights between Friday and Sunday.
Southwest Airlines already operated one daily flight to Honolulu and Maui but said Thursday that it was adding a second daily flight to Honolulu.
The new service is another move to increase competition out of the municipal airport.
Southwest Airlines has been awarded all 17 flight slots at Long Beach Airport soon to be vacated by JetBlue, the city announced today.
Starting in November, travelers out of Long Beach can fly non-stop to Austin and Phoenix on Southwest Airlines.
Southwest has slowly grown its presence at Long Beach since beginning with four daily flights in June 2016. It now has 17 daily flight slots.
Southwest Airlines will be adding two more nonstop flight options from Long Beach Airport this fall as part of a nationwide expansion of services, the airline announced last week.
Southwest Airlines will soon have two permanent air carrier flight slots at Long Beach Airport after American Airlines announced last month that it was reducing service, city officials said yesterday.
At least one departing Southwest Airlines flight was reportedly delayed at the Long Beach Airport Friday after the airline experienced a massive computer glitch Wednesday that briefly halted all of its flights.
Just over a month after officially starting its service out of Long Beach Airport, city officials have announced that Southwest Airlines will be awarded the use of upward of three currently utilized flight slots previously allocated to the airport’s main tenant, JetBlue.