Southwest Airlines is adding another route to its flight offerings from Long Beach Airport early next year.
Beginning on Jan. 5, the airline will offer one daily nonstop flight each way between Long Beach Airport and Salt Lake City.
“We’re happy to hear of Southwest Airlines adding nonstop service to Salt Lake City from Long Beach Airport,” Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said in a statement. “This is one more opportunity for their customers to take advantage of the convenience and charm of LGB.”
The new flight comes as Southwest is also set to remove two routes from John Wayne Airport in Orange County—one that flew to Chicago’s Midway International Airport and one to Salt Lake City International Airport.
The Dallas-based airline first began service in Long Beach in 2016 and has continued to increase its presence at the airport.
Since the departure of JetBlue in October 2020, Southwest has become the dominant carrier at LGB. Of the 53 daily flight slots available at Long Beach’s airport, Southwest currently uses 38.
With the addition of the Salt Lake City route, Southwest Airlines is slated to offer nonstop flights to 16 U.S. cities from Long Beach Airport. Delta also currently offers multiple daily nonstop flights to Salt Lake City.
Long Beach Airport currently offers nonstop service to 17 destinations across the nation, including Hawaii.