The airport in Long Beach, California, aspires to the title of the largest tiger among airports. And as for the growth rates. In the first half of this year, the airport checked-in nearly fifty percent more passengers. And the reason – nine newly opened connections.

Since January 1st, nearly 1.3 million passengers have passed through the Long Beach Airport. That is 46.5 percent increase. By way of comparison, International Airport in Los Angeles checked-in 41 million passengers for the same time. Which, however, means an increase of “only” 5 percent.

Long Beach Airport operates 50 regular connections at this time. The nine new connections were divided to three North American airlines. Southwest Airlines will operate 4 lines, JetBlue 3 and Delta Airlines 2.

JetBlue is the strongest airline at this airport. It checked-in 124,000 passengers at this airport in the first half of this year. This is a 23% increase over last year’s 101,000. Southwest Airlines, which started to operated at this airport last June, recorded an increase in the number of checked-in passengers by 75%. From 10 thousand in 2016 to almost 18 thousand in the first half of 2017.

“We work week after week to add new connections.  We are looking for gaps in the air transport network.” said Southwest Airlines.

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