Long Beach Airport's 100th Anniversary

As we mark our 100th anniversary, Long Beach Airport celebrates a rich past intertwined with the demands of today’s travelers. With our official anniversary on November 26, 2023, we invite you to join us in reflecting and commemorating a century of aviation at LGB as we embark on a yearlong celebration of the remarkable achievements and people who have shaped LGB into the thriving hub it is today.

Long Beach Airport is the oldest municpal airport in California. It’s also among the Best Airports in the United States. Air carriers at Long Beach Airport—including Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines—currently offer service to 24 nonstop destinations around the nation, which is more nonstop service than at any time in LGB’s nearly 100-year history. 

Historic Report

“Long Beach Airport and Southern California: A Brief New Aviation and Aeronautics History (1900s-1980s)”

Researched and written by Alison Rose Jefferson and Philip S. Hart on behalf of the Historical Society of Long Beach, this project was commissioned by Long Beach Airport as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. The report illustrates the histories, significance and importance of Long Beach and Southern California aviation and aeronautics activities. An important component is the inclusion in this narrative of the histories of women and people of color (Black, Indigenous and People of Color – BIPOC) who participated and contributed to making the Southern California environs a global center of aviation and aerospace over the last century. 

 

Read the full report.

An executive summary brochure is also available. 

Related press release.

Upcoming Centennial Events

With the official centenary date falling on November 26, 2023, the oldest municipal airport in California has lined up a series of events designed to honor LGB's rich aviation history, underscore its role as an economic driver and convenient gateway to Southern California, and inspire future aviation professionals.  

October 2023’s Festival of Flight, which attracted more than 15,000 people to enjoy activities on the airfield, was the official launch of the yearlong centennial celebration, and a newly created 100th anniversary logo was unveiled.  

Other highlights of the campaign will include: a ribbon cutting for a large public art piece; a historic report; the release of four historic short films; a vintage poster series and other public signage; an open house for the re-opening of the Historic Terminal; and much more. Details about upcoming events will be posted here: 

November 26, 2023 – Long Beach Airport’s Official Anniversary. Giveaways and activities for travelers.

November 29, 2023 - 100th Anniversary Themed Artwork Unveiling  

January 25, 2024 - Historic report authors Jefferson and Hart will present their findings at the Billie Jean King Main Library.  

Early 2024 – Newly renovated Historic Terminal Open House 

Summer 2024 - Careers Taking Flight Youth Programming