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City of Long Beach Celebrates Completion of Runway Reconstruction at Long Beach Airport
Former Runway 7R-25L Reopens as Runway 8R-26L for General Aviation Use
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today at Long Beach Airport (LGB) to celebrate the completed reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L, which is primarily used for general aviation. Runway 26L is Long Beach Airport’s shortest but busiest runway.

“We’re fortunate to have our own airport in the City of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This construction project makes our Airport more efficient and improves safety on the ground and in the skies above our great community.”

On October 5, 2018, Runway 8R-26L officially reopened to aircraft.

To commemorate the reconstruction completion, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews joined pilot Curt Castagna, C.M., President/CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group and President of the Long Beach Airport Association, for a ceremonial first flight. The two took off in a Varga airplane from Runway 26L.

“Long Beach Airport is a powerful economic engine that in addition to serving as a commercial travel hub, stimulates and supports both local and regional industries,” said Jess L. Romo, A.A.E, Airport Director. “A great deal of coordination needed to occur to re-direct and continue operations while construction moved forward. We appreciate the efforts of everyone associated with this project.”

Reconstruction began in January 2018 to improve pilot safety and pavement conditions which consisted of the following components:

  • Reducing runway width from 150’ to 100’.
  • Installing a new taxiway connector.
  • Constructing new run-up areas where pilots may safely warm up small aircraft engines.
  • Constructing blast pads to prevent spreading debris from aircraft taking off and landing.
  • Redesignation as Runway 8R-26L due to gradual shifts in the earth’s magnetic field.

HNTB Corporation was the designer for the project, and All American Asphalt was the general contractor. Jacobs Engineering served as the construction manager.

The construction cost for this project was approximately $14.5 million. Both the redesignation process and the reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L were primarily funded through a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant approved by Long Beach City Council last year. The following is a link to a related press release:$15-3-million-grant-to-upgrade-and-rename-runways/.

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, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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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, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and 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 prides itself 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.