EL PASO, TX – Southwest Airlines inaugurated its new non-stop El Paso, TX-Long Beach, CA flight, adding to the company’s list of daily service destinations.
The first flight landed in El Paso on Tuesday 11 July at 13:35 hours from the Californian city and was greeted by a volley of water cannons.
“A new flight is very, very good for our community, because it’s just more options for people to fly,” said Cassandra Davisson, Air Services Marketing and Development Manager at El Paso International Airport. “It opens up a lot of connectivity, it opens up a lot of opportunities for people to travel.”
With this new route, El Paso International Airport now has a total of 14 non-stop destinations, including flights to San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas in Texas; as well as cities such as Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.
The direct flight was first announced in February this year. Airport officials explained that this was done in advance to give passengers time to plan their trips.
Southwest noted that the service will be provided on a daily basis, departing from the City of El Paso and will improve community access to Southern California, and the Los Angeles area.
According to EPIA’s latest operations report, Southwest Airlines accounted for 48.50% of the passengers visiting the airport in April this year.