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Long Beach Airport Celebrates Southwest’s New Sunday Nonstop Service to New Orleans

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Kate Kuykendall
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport

Southwest Airlines is now offering weekly nonstop flights on Sundays from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), just in time for Mardi Gras season.

“Southwest’s new route to the Big Easy gives our community members another convenient option while also connecting more travelers nationwide to our award-winning airport,” said Mayor Rex Richardson.

To celebrate the first flight to Louisiana on Sunday, Jan. 8, Long Beach Airport hosted the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band to perform a second line parade—a musical celebration that typically signifies the beginning of a new life together—for departing passengers. Travelers going to New Orleans also received customized cookies commemorating the first flight.

Southwest’s flights to New Orleans—utilizing the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet—depart LGB at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays and arrive at MSY at 6 p.m. The return flight departs MSY at 4:55 p.m. and arrives back at LGB at 7:15 p.m. Originally scheduled to be a seasonal service only through March, Southwest has extended the service through their currently published schedule of July 10.

In addition to the new Sunday flights, Southwest offers daily service throughout the year between Long Beach and New Orleans through connecting or same-plane service on the airline’s point-to-point network.

“Just in time for Mardi Gras season, we gave Southwest passengers on yesterday’s first nonstop flight from Long Beach to New Orleans a big sendoff in celebration of this convenient new route,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “This connection between two great destinations also adds flexibility and options for travelers to connect with Southwest’s broader network.”

Southwest Airlines first began service from LGB in 2016 and has continued to increase its presence at the Airport since then. Including New Orleans, and added service to Orlando starting in July, the Dallas-based airline will fly nonstop to 17 U.S. cities from LGB.

Learn more at lgb.org/destinations.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923, Long Beach Airport (LGB) is the oldest airport in California. Among its many awards, LGB was named one of the 2022 Top Ten airports in the country by readers of Condé Nast Travelermagazine. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. The Airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, with the LGB Aviation Complex generating $8.6 billion in economic impact and supporting 46,000 jobs. LGB is a self-supporting enterprise of the City of Long Beach and does not receive local tax dollars. The Airport prides itself in preserving its esteemed historic legacy and maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LGBAirport.