LONG BEACH, CA – Southwest Airlines today announced that it will begin offering daily, nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Nashville International Airport (BNA), with service set to start on Nov. 6, 2022. Tickets are available now at Southwest.com.
“As passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport continues to climb back toward pre-pandemic numbers, it’s great to see Southwest connecting more travelers and destinations to our award-winning airport,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Southwest’s flights to Nashville—utilizing the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet—will depart seven mornings per week. On weekdays, the aircraft will depart around 9 a.m. and then make an approximately 45-minute stop at BNA to drop off passengers visiting Nashville and the surrounding area, and then will continuing on to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia. According to the new schedule, weekday travelers can depart LGB and arrive at DCA in six and a half hours.
“We welcome this exciting new addition to Southwest’s nonstop destinations from Long Beach Airport,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “Beyond Nashville, this new service adds flexibility and options for travelers to connect to the East Coast and 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. Of the 53 daily flight slots available at Long Beach’s noise-controlled airport, Southwest currently holds a majority, with a total of 38.
Including Nashville, the Dallas-based airline will now fly nonstop to 15 U.S. cities from LGB.
“We’re grateful to the City of Long Beach for additional access at the airport that will bring travelers much more than just nonstop travel to and from Nashville,” said Adam Decaire, Vice President of Network Planning, Southwest Airlines. “Nashville service also brings dozens of cities in the East within faster reach, and the fastest trip between Long Beach and the heart of the nation’s capital region, with through-service to Reagan National Airport.”
In addition to Southwest’s flight slots, Delta Air Lines holds seven, American Airlines holds four, Hawaiian Airlines has two and Breeze Airways and UPS each have one.
Long Beach Airport will now offer nonstop service to 16 destinations across the nation, including Hawaii.