You can now get a direct flight to the West Coast at Norfolk

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

NORFOLK — The largest airport for Virginia’s Hampton Roads region says it will offer its first-ever direct commercial flight to the West Coast.

Southwest Airlines will offer seasonal flights next summer from Norfolk International Airport to San Diego. The flights will be available on weekends and scheduled to begin June 9 and run until Aug. 5.

The airline also said it’s adding seasonal direct service from Norfolk to Nashville. Those flights also will only be on weekends. Southwest had operated daily flights from Norfolk to Nashville until 2014.

Frontier Airlines also began nonstop flights from Norfolk to Phoenix and Tampa this month. They’re offered Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.