Long Beach, CA – 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.