Blue waters against a blue sky with the coastline in Santa Barbara, California

Southwest Announces Two New California Destinations Starting in April

In recent years, Southwest has actively been expanding its presence throughout the state of California. While the carrier has offered numerous flights to and from and throughout the state for many years, the recent growth shows Southwest’s continued goal to be a dominant player in California.

In 2017, Southwest added Long Beach to its system map. At that time, JetBlue was the major carrier in Long Beach, and Southwest started out easy with just a few routes. Fast forward to the end of 2020 with JetBlue leaving Long Beach and Southwest expanding again to soon include five more routes from Long Beach. In 2020, Palm Springs was added to the map with service from three destinations.

Launching this April, Southwest will again add two new California destinations to the map: Santa Barbara and Fresno. Southwest will serve Santa Barbara from Denver, Las Vegas, and Oakland. Fresno Yosemite International Airport will see flights from Denver and Las Vegas.

“We’re boldly launching this eagerly anticipated new year by doubling-down on our consistent commitment to California to offer our value and flexibility to now 13 airports in the state,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. “Not only does Southwest Airlines celebrate 50 years of service in 2021, we’re gratefully acknowledging the support of Californians who have made us the largest air carrier of fliers traveling nonstop to, from, and within The Golden State for 20 consecutive years.”

Starting April 12, 2021, Southwest will fly between Santa Barbara, Calif. and more than 50 airports with three destinations offered nonstop: Denver, Las Vegas, and Oakland.

Fly nonstop between Santa Barbara and:Initial daily service:
Denver1 flight each way
Las Vegas3 flights each way
Oakland1 flight each way

Starting April 25, 2021, Southwest will fly between Fresno, Calif. and more than 50 airports with two destinations offered nonstop: Denver and Las Vegas.

Fly nonstop between Fresno and:Initial daily service:
Denver1 flight each way
Las Vegas3 flights each way

The number of seats, days, and markets for these fares are limited. See a full list of fares, fare rules, and terms and conditions below and at

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