For the first time since the pandemic, Austin is getting a new non-stop flight. On May 28, Texas-based Southwest Airlines announced its fall flight schedule through January 4, saying it is focusing on business travel after a turbulent first half of 2020.
“We are completing our plan for this unprecedented year of business travelers with a fourth quarter schedule that will bring them new routes across the country,” said Andrew Watterson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Southwest Airlines, all in one Publication.
As part of the plan, Southwest will offer daily non-stop service between Austin and Long Beach starting November 1st. Flights to the suburb of Los Angeles depart from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport once a day at 2:25 p.m. and land at Long Strand Airport at 3:40 p.m. Return flights leave LGB at 12:15 p.m. and arrive in AUS at 5:05 p.m.
The Austin to Long Beach flight is one of eleven new routes Southwest announced this week, including one from Hobby Airport in Houston to Ontario, California, another LA city.
Southwest’s plan to actively target business travelers amid the pandemic has resulted in expansion into key secondary markets such as Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Nashville.
“We expect business travelers to focus more on costs,” continued Watterson. “That’s why we combine unmatched schedules with our value and hospitality to welcome them back whenever they are ready to travel.”