Southwest Airlines on June 5, 2016 embarked upon a new chapter in its faithful 35-year partnership with California. The carrier inaugurated service at Long Beach Airport, the carrier’s 98th city served. Southwest now offers service in all five major commercial airports in the L.A. Basin with four flights a day to and from the Bay Area nonstop between Long Beach and Oakland.
Southwest now offers a peak summer schedule of nearly 60 flights a day in each direction between Oakland and Southern California’s five airports in the greater L.A. region, plus San Diego.
Last week, Southwest filed an application for route authority to add new daily international service later this year from LAX to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos in Mexico, alongside daily service to Costa Rica which began in April. Southwest also flies internationally from John Wayne Airport in Orange County to Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos.
Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 WL N784SW (msn 29810) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 999221.