Southwest Airlines applies to add service at fifth airport in LA Basin

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has confirmed its interest and application to bring more low-fare service to Greater Los Angeles by adding new Southwest® service in 2016 at Long Beach Airport, the company said.

Working with the City of Long Beach, the carrier this week formally applied for slot authority to offer new service, subject to requisite approvals. Southwest´s operation at Long Beach would be an addition to the carrier´s greater Los Angeles presence at Los Angeles (LAX), Burbank, Orange County/Santa Ana, and Ontario.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines employs 49,000 people and serves 100 million customers annually.