Allegiant Airlines to Depart Long Beach Airport

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Most Affordable Airport in United StatesLong Beach Airport (LGB) announces the opening of three air carrier flight slots. Allegiant airlines will discontinue service effective November 3, 2011, following a shift in business direction.

Several airlines immediately expressed interest in providing service from LGB. The airport currently has a total of 41 air carrier slots. LGB has been experiencing more demand from the traveling public than current capacity allows.

“With the availability of these slots, we will be able to provide more choices and service to new cities with a focus on superior customer service,” noted Mario Rodriguez, Airport Director.

Allegiant has enjoyed high passenger load factors from Long Beach, but will be serving other markets with their fleet of MD-80’s. The Airport will reallocate flight slots to increase the potential to broaden flight service to better serve Long Beach travelers.

In reallocating these three slots, the Airport is allowing for the potential to have new destinations from around the country connect to Southern California.

While other airports have experienced declining seat capacity, passenger seat totals from Long Beach Airport have increased 4% since last year.

About Long Beach Airport:
Long Beach Airport (LGB), located in Long Beach, CA, was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipal owned airport in California. Throughout its 87-year history, LGB has been a source of substantial economic activity and business opportunities, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable environment. LGB, its tenants and users are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner by minimizing the impact of business on the environment and surrounding community with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound. Currently, LGB serves nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually, offering non-stop service to 14 US cities and is among the top five busiest general aviation airports in the world, with more than 300,000 annual operations. As a center for air cargo carriers more than 34,000 tons of cargo are transported via LGB annually. For more information please visit www.lgb.org.

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