PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

7/13/2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 071316
Subject:
Southwest Airlines Temporarily Adding Flights Out of Long Beach Airport
Utilizing Unused Slots Allocated to JetBlue Will Maintain Compliance with Noise Ordinance
Contact:
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky
Public Affairs
562.570.2678
Stephanie.Montuya-Morisky@longbeach.gov




Southwest Airlines will be temporarily adding new service out of Long Beach Airport (LGB), utilizing unused flight slots allocated to JetBlue. The airline has requested and been granted the temporary reallocation of two to three flights, and will maintain compliance with the City’s Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance.

“We are delighted that Southwest is putting these unused slots to use at the Long Beach Airport,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This will attract new customers and bring additional revenue to our airport.”

Under the Flight Allocation Resolution, flight slots allocated to, but not fully utilized by, a particular airline may be temporarily reallocated to another carrier. Southwest Airlines has reserved three unused flight slots for use Sunday through Friday, and two unused flight slots for use on Saturday, beginning September 18 through December 31, 2016.

Southwest Airlines started flying out of LGB on June 5, 2016, with four flights to Oakland.

Air carriers are required to submit a 180-day Look-Ahead-Schedule on a monthly basis, which forecasts the availability of temporary flight slots.

“Cargo carriers more commonly use the process outlined in the Flight Allocation Resolution to accommodate the busy holiday shipping season in November and December,” said Juan López-Rios, Interim Airport Director. “However, the commercial passenger carriers have also utilized unused flight slots to temporarily augment their service in the past.”

Continued use of the flight slots beyond the temporary allocation period is contingent on the information provided monthly by all air carriers. Temporary use of flight slots must also conform to all of the provisions in the Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance, which currently allows for a total of 50 flight slots.

About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently completed a revitalization to update its facilities. In 2012, a new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, both Fodor’s Travel Guide and the BBC named LGB one of the top 10 terminals in the world, and USA Today and 10Best.com recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with nearly 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.