PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

11/22/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:112217
Subject:
Long Beach Airport Ready for the Holiday Travel Season
Improvements to parking structure completed; Travel tips offered
Contact:
Marlene Arrona, Public Affairs Assistant
Long Beach Airport
562.570.2674
Marlene.Arrona@longbeach.gov






Long Beach Airport (LGB) held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the renovations to Parking Structure A in time for the busy holiday travel season. The improvements to the parking structure, located nearest to the Historic Terminal, are meant to complement the easy travel experience for all LGB visitors.

“This project is a part of a larger vision of ensuring that the Long Beach Airport remains a world-class airport for ease and efficiency for residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Parking Structure A closed January 7, 2017 in preparation for renovations. The improvements to the structure allow for improved pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow, and consist of:

  • New dual-cab elevator tower with glass windows overlooking the Historic Terminal and LGB airfield.
  • New outdoor metal stairwell adjacent to the elevator tower.
  • New dual-lane passenger vehicle exit.
  • Implementation of Airport wayfinding sign programs.
  • Significant aesthetic improvements, including interior and exterior painting and landscaping areas surrounding the structure.
  • The replacement of over 240 High Pressured Sodium (HPS) fixtures with new energy efficient LED lighting, providing superior illumination that promotes safety and security.
  • Restriping throughout the Parking Structure.
  • The addition of 80 Clean Air Vehicle parking spaces as required per California Green Building Standards Code.

“Long Beach is beaming with pride today,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. “The improvements to the parking structure not only offer accessibility and safety for travelers, but truly complement our award-winning facility.”

The parking structure provides more than 1,000 parking spaces within walking distance of the terminal. The parking structure renovation project was awarded to R.J. Daum Construction Company. The total cost of construction was $5 million.

“Long Beach Airport strives to provide a first-class experience for all,” said Airport Director Jess Romo. “The renovations to Parking Structure A will enhance the travel experience by providing greater accessibility just steps away from the terminal.”

Self-parking is available in Parking Structures A and B at the rate of $2 per hour, with a maximum of $19 per day in Parking Structure A and $17 in Parking Structure B. For general parking information, contact ABM Parking Services at (562) 377-6116.

Long Beach Airport Offers Multiple Ground Transportation Options

  • Blue Line 2 Airline provides a free connection between LGB and Metro Blue Line’s Wardlow Station. The express bus shuttle, operated by Long Beach Transit, begins November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Service operates daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more details, visit: http://www.lgb.org/ 
  • Relax and let someone else do the driving. If you’re able, have a friend or family member drop you off right in front of the terminal. Drivers picking up passengers are encouraged to use the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located at 3402 N. Lakewood Boulevard.
  • Treat yourself to some luxury. Valet parking is available for $24 per day just north of the terminal and includes a free car wash.
  • Ridesharing is another new option at LGB benefiting both travelers and the airport. Lyft, Opoli, See Jane Go, and Uber can pick up and drop off passengers at the median curb located directly in front of the historic terminal.
  • Long Beach Yellow Cab offers taxi service at the taxi stand located just outside the terminal.
  • The Airport Ground Transportation Center, directly across from the terminal building, offers easy access to Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo car rental services.
  • Go green and take the bus. Long Beach Transit has a convenient stop at the airport on Barbara London Drive. Long Beach Transit Bus Routes 102, 104, and 111 serve LGB.
  • A variety of shuttles, vans, and limousine options are also available on site.

Tips for Holiday Travel

Over 50,000 passengers will travel through Long Beach Airport Thanksgiving weekend, Wednesday through Sunday. LGB encourages travelers to practice these tips:

  • Arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to departure to ensure adequate time to pass through security, and enjoy award-winning dining options in the concourse.
  • Verify flight schedules and baggage rules with airlines ahead of time.
  • Visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring to determine what you can bring in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport.
  • Use the center median located directly in front of the terminal to access ridesharing services such as Lyft, Opoli, See Jane Go, and Uber.
  • Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint to travel. For more information or in the event you arrive at the airport without identification, you may still be allowed to fly, visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.
  • Download the free LGB Airport app on your Apple or Android devices. The app provides information on arrivals, departures, parking, shopping, dining, and more.

About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) completed a revitalization in 2012 to update its facilities. A new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently Condé Nast Traveler magazine recognized LGB as a Reader’s Choice Top 10 U.S. Airport for the third year in a row. In addition, USA Today and 10Best.com recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with over 260,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment. Long Beach Airport and its tenants generate more than $10 billion and 45,000 jobs in total economic activity to the Long Beach region with an additional $1.1 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local levels. Long Beach Airport also prides themselves in maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.