Long Beach, California 2020-11-19 18:34:35 –
Southwest Airlines will soon offer a direct flight from Long Beach Airport to Honolulu, announced on Thursday, November 19th.
Long Beach Airport will join Auckland, San Jose, Sacramento and San Diego in March as a southwestern gateway to Hawaii.
According to a Long Beach press release, the route from Long Beach to Honolulu will be Southwest Airlines’ first direct flight from the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area to Hawaii.
“Southwest Airlines continues to be an important partner at Long Beach Airport,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement Thursday. “Our airport is the main economic engine of our city and this is positive news for our financial recovery.
“We look forward to even better news soon,” he added.
Hawaiian Airlines has provided travel routes from Long Beach Airport since its first flight in June 2018.
Southwest Airlines currently has 34 flight slots at Long Beach Airport after JetBlue’s departure, offering 17 additional slots. The last flight from JetBlue’s Long Beach was on October 6, and the airline ended its service in the city the next day.
Both Delta and Hawaiian Airlines were on the slot’s waiting list, but refused the opportunity to charge further.
“We have more places we want our customers to visit during the upcoming winter and spring break seasons,” said Andrew Waterson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Southwest Airlines, in a statement. We are deploying planes and people to. “
Due to weakening demand during the coronavirus pandemic, Southwest Airlines is using 16 of its 34 flight slots from Long Beach Airport. Hawaiian Airlines has also reduced flights from Long Beach to Hawaii until December 16.
According to the airline, Southwest Airlines’ national highway system can attract passengers from all over the country to Long Beach Airport on their way to Hawaii, allowing passengers from all over the United States to see coastal cities.
“Long Beach is the natural gateway to Southern California for Southwest Airlines services to and from Hawaii,” said Adam Decare, vice president of network planning for Southwest Airlines, in a statement. airport. “
One-way fares from Long Beach start at $ 99.