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Here We Grow Again, California!

Bill Employee Rank


Effective August 1, Southwest is adding fast, easy nonstop flights between the Long Beach Airport and California’s capital city, Sacramento.  Our new Long Beach-Sacramento service, operating twice each weekday, not only adds another link between Southern and Northern California—it also adds another convenient way to connect Long Beach with the rest of the large Southwest network from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast, and everywhere in between!



 Long Beach.JPGSouthwest CEO Gary Kelly met this afternoon with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to share the new service we’ll be starting as a result of the city’s allocation of two additional slot pairings.


Our new nonstops between Long Beach and Sacramento bring the total number of nonstop markets Southwest serves within the Golden State to 46. That’s a far cry from our initial intra-California offering of just two markets thirty-five years ago in 1983!  And with almost 175,000 seats now offered within California every week aboard Southwest’s fleet of Boeing 737—far more than any other airline— it’s no wonder that we carry more passengers between California airports than all other airlines combined.  That’s a huge commitment to staying California Strong!


Southwest Airlines is very grateful to the Long Beach Airport for granting the slots to enable us to operate this new Long Beach-Sacramento service.  We appreciate the slot award—and hope California travelers enjoy the new service!