New York-based Jet Blue Airways uses Long Beach Airport as a focus city for its operations. In reality, the airport acts as a fortress hub for the airline, since nearly 80 percent of passengers flying to or from Long Beach use Jet Blue. In the 12 months between December 2010, and November 2011, Jet Blue was responsible for carrying 2,375,000 passengers using Long Beach Airport. This figure represents a difference of more than two million passengers when compared to the next most popular airline at Long Beach. The airline has been responsible for a major increase in overall traffic at the airport, as well. Thanks to its immense popularity, Jet Blue has been made the sole occupant of the South Concourse at Long Beach Airport.
Passengers who fly from Long Beach Airport using Jet Blue Airlines can travel to a wide range of domestic destinations. Throughout the year, passengers can fly to Austin, Boston, Las Vegas, New York JFK, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Washington Dulles and more using the popular airline. Jet Blue also offers seasonal service to Anchorage, Alaska. Jet Blue is also the sole provider of seven of the top ten most popular routes from Long Beach.
Although Jet Blue dominates operations at Long Beach Airport, other airlines maintain significant presences. Delta Air Lines provides service to Salt Lake City, Utah, which is the most popular destination for passengers flying from Long Beach Airport. Of the 194,000 passengers who fly to Salt Lake City every year, Delta handles a large percentage of them through its mainline service, as well as through its popular Delta Connection program. Delta Connection flights that depart from Long Beach are operated by SkyWest Airlines.
US Airways operates non-stop flights from Long Beach, California to Phoenix, Arizona on a regular basis. The company’s mainline service provides these flights, but passengers can also use the US Airways Express program to reach the Arizona capital. US Airways Express Flights are operated by Mesa Airlines. The US Airways route from Long Beach Airport to Phoenix serves approximately 93,000 passengers each year. This makes it the seventh most popular route from Long Beach Airport.
Many passengers choose to fly from Long Beach Airport to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. A significant percentage of them choose to fly using Alaska Airlines. The carrier offers non-stop flights from Long Beach to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle/Tacoma, Washington. These flights are operated by SkyWest Airlines.