I wonder if there is even a purpose for a LGB airport going forward. City council doesn’t do it any favors, the NIMBYs are against it, JetBlue is what really put it on the map and now they’re gone. As mentioned, the area and demographics that LGB is around doesn’t attract high yielding passengers as they just go to LAX and SNA. Sounds like WN isn’t really making money either. It’s situated between SNA and LAX which can handle the passengers.
Just curious if others have thought this too or what their opinions are.
Here were the number of passengers, number of seats, and load factors for WN out of the 5 Greater Los Angeles airports in 2019:
BUR - 4291408 passengers, 5936915 seats, 72.28% load factor
LAX - 9639932 passengers, 11950076 seats, 80.67% load factor
LGB - 1108833 passengers, 1450654 seats, 76.44% load factor
ONT - 2821844 passengers, 3622731 seats, 77.89% load factor
SNA - 3446764 passengers, 4138230 seats, 83.29% load factor
WN re-adding LGB-DEN nonstop service is certainly a possibility as
(a) WN had operated daily nonstop service to LGB from DEN in Summer 2019,
(b) DEN is one of the top destinations not currently served nonstop from LGB,
(c) WN had a load factor of 82.09% on DEN-LGB in the June 2019 - September 2019 time period, and
(d) WN is able to offer connections to most of WN's destinations in the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast from LGB through DEN.
WN also currently operates LGB-LAS nonstop service, where passengers can connect to some WN destinations in the Mountain West, Southwest, Midwest, South, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic.
Demand for WN service out of LGB will also likely increase once demand for domestic air travel returns with WN being able to offer 1-stop connectivity to more markets in the Mountain West, Southwest, Midwest, South, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic from LGB with its LGB-LAS/PHX adds.