Mayor, Mayor-Elect Issue Statements on Southwest Airlines Announcement


Mayor Lee Brand and Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer today issued the following statements in response to the news that Southwest Airlines announced their intention to launch its first-ever air service at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) in Spring 2021:

“This is the best holiday present that Fresno could have imagined. Local travelers have been waiting patiently for quite some time for this announcement and Southwest service has been, by far, the most talked-about and requested amenity in the Central Valley,” said Mayor Brand.  “This is a big step in the right direction for Fresno, and with this increase in connectivity our airport is now poised to play a key role in our economic recovery. It’s a huge win for everyone.”

Mayor-elect Dyer stated, “Landing Southwest Airlines is a game-changer for Fresno in terms of economic development, as well as flexibility and convenience for leisure travel.  I look forward to continuing our discussions with Southwest Airlines officials as destination airports are finalized.”