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Southwest Airlines could begin flights out of Long Beach Airport

Southwest Airlines could begin flights out of Long Beach Airport

With room to grow, Long Beach Airport has offered Southwest Airlines an opportunity to begin operations later this year, starting with four daily flights.

Long Beach Airport, one of the region's smallest commercial airports, also offered JetBlue Airways three daily slots and Delta Air Lines two slots, according to city officials. JetBlue, Delta and American Airlines already fly out of Long Beach but Southwest does not.

Southwest, which serves four other airports in Southern California, had requested nine daily slots at Long Beach. An airline official said the Dallas-based carrier could begin operations with only four slots, with the hope of adding more flights in the...

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