Available Flight Slots Quickly Filled At Long Beach Airport
2011-10-18 · By Editor
Long Beach Airport (LGB) is pleased to announce the swift allocation of the three open Flight Slots to JetBlue Airways, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways. The three airlines submitted requests for over twice as many slots than were available.
“The overwhelming demand for these flight slots demonstrates that airlines fully recognize the quality of the Long Beach Airport,” said Mayor Bob Foster.
By allocating the Air Carrier Slots to airlines currently providing service at LGB, the airport hopes to diversify and add new destinations to provide even more alternatives for travel to new markets from Long Beach.
“Long Beach Airport already provides excellent customer service and now we’re moving forward to continue exceeding passengers’ expectations,” said 5th District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.
The flights slots became available due to the departure of Allegiant Airlines.
“We said we’d immediately fill the slots, and we did,” Airport Director Mario Rodriguez said. “Long Beach Airport has much more demand for slots than what we can provide.”
Demand for seat capacity at Long Beach Airport has increased this year by 4 percent, a reversal of the current downward trend at many nearby airports in the Southern California region.
With the departure of Allegiant Airlines’ MD-80 aircraft, the airport will see a positive net result in the noise compliance initiatives with the quieter aircraft of the airlines awarded the slots.
Each of the three airlines that requested slots was allocated one slot, in accordance with the Long Beach Municipal Code. The slots will be available for service by the airlines on November 29, 2011.
About Long Beach Airport:
Long Beach Airport (LGB), located in Long Beach, CA, was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipally owned airport in California. Throughout its 88-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. LGB hosts five airlines offering non-stop service to 17 U.S. cities and serving nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. As a center for air cargo carriers, more than 41,000 tons of cargo is transported via LGB annually. For more information please visit www.lgb.org.