Southwest adds western US routes

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV)has announced new flights linking long-served communities along the west coast with new time-saving service, the carrier said.

Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, Southwest will offer twice daily nonstop service between Sacramento and Long Beach, and once daily service between Sacramento and Spokane.

In addition, the carrier will increase the amount of flying between Sacramento and both Seattle and San Diego this summer. Beginning June 5, Southwest will offer up to 11 flights a day in each direction between Sacramento and San Diego and up to six flights a day in each direction between Sacramento and Seattle.

Later this month, Southwest intends to increase its international presence in California by adding San Diego International Airport as its fourth gateway airport in the state (alongside Oakland, Los Angeles, and Santa Ana/Orange County) as daily nonstop service between San Diego and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico begins April 25.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Its 53,000 employees serve more than 100 million customers annually. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 704 Boeing 737 aircraft.