Southwest is looking to extend its route network by adding new routes and restoring previous services that had been axed.
Long Beach has become a heavy focus of the extension of the airline network. From March 9th, a daily service from Long Beach to Kansas City will become available. From July 11th, Colorado Springs and El Paso will launch daily. Meanwhile, only on Saturdays from July 15th, Long Beach to Orlando will launch. Finally, from September 5th, Long Beach to Albuquerque will begin later in the year with daily flights available.
Southwest says they’re excited to be in a position where they can grow their commitment to Long Beach—citing that this has only been made possible thanks to the airline being awarded additional slots at the airport. 45 daily departures will be provided by the significant U.S. carrier operating a fleet of 737s to 22 destinations.
Per Cirium data, the airline is offering 1,032 flights at Long Beach for February 2023. This represents a staggering 401% increase from February 2022 and equates to 155,127 available seats into and out of the airport.
Southwest will also see the return of several nonstop markets across its network. They are improving connectivity and its overall network much more. While nonstop markets return, the airline will also see nonstop seasonal markets relaunch from the weekend of September 9th and 10th.