Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently achieved accreditation from the leading trade organization for airports for its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of its passengers and employees since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has disrupted the aviation industry in unprecedented ways, but Long Beach Airport quickly adapted," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “When the pandemic hit, LGB immediately introduced new health and safety protocols, kept our community safe and met the standard for the industry's best practices.”
Airports Council International administers the Airport Health Accreditation program and assesses cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities.
“Through all of the changes over the past year, the health and safety of our passengers and employees remains our highest priority,” said Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “This accreditation is an affirmation of our hard work, especially from the unsung heroes on our Maintenance and Building Services team.”
Health and safety measures implemented by LGB include:
- Activation of drive-through COVID testing facilities on the Airport campus.
- Face coverings are required for all employees, passengers, and visitors at LGB.
- Floor markings and other measures are in place throughout the Airport to guide travelers to practice social distancing.
- Protective shields are installed in high-traffic areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as ticket counters, gates and cash registers.
- Airport staff are cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and objects on an hourly basis. Airlines that serve LGB also have instituted more rigorous cleaning protocols before and after each flight.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers have been added throughout the most highly trafficked areas and are available approximately every 50 feet.
- In cooperation with its business partners, LGB is working towards a touchless experience through the Airport, including encouraging the use of mobile boarding passes and touchless payment at dining and retail.
Notable for its ample outdoor space and throwback style of boarding aircraft via outdoor jet stairs, LGB is well-positioned to offer travelers a safe and relaxing travel experience with plenty of fresh air. The “Fly Easy at LGB” video provides a glimpse of what to expect for those planning a trip from the boutique airport.
“By earning their ACI Airport Health Accreditation, Long Beach Airport has reaffirmed its commitment to protecting passengers and airport workers and limiting the spread of COVID-19,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “We are proud to recognize Long Beach Airport’s Airport Health Accreditation.”
Situated near the border of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, LGB is located in close proximity to numerous major attractions in Southern California.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly rated school district, Long Beach Airport and the Port of Long Beach. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas and bike paths.
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About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923, Long Beach Airport (LGB) is the oldest airport in California. Among its many awards, LGB was named a Top 10 airport in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for Best Small Airport. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, with the LGB Aviation Complex generating $8.6 billion in economic impact and supporting 46,000 jobs. LGB is a self-supporting enterprise of the City of Long Beach and does not receive local tax dollars. The Airport prides itself in preserving its esteemed historic legacy and maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LGBAirport.