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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 111914
Long Beach Airport (LGB) Recipient of Prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky, Public Affairs

On Tuesday, November 18, the Long Beach City Council was presented with the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation by the League of California Cities for the new concourse at Long Beach Airport, which provides a unique and innovative space for travelers and serves as an ideal gateway to the City. 

"Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the City, the community, and airport tenants, Long Beach Airport is known internationally as an outstanding airport," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “With the receipt of the Helen Putnam award, our Airport is now an even greater source of pride for our City.”

The concourse blends LGB's rich history with a contemporary sensibility and maintains its reputation as the beloved hometown airport.  Designed to sustain LGB’s convenience, new features include a consolidated security screening area, spacious boarding lounges, and an expanded food and beverage program with favorite local restaurants.

Councilwoman Stacy Mungo accepted the award on behalf of the City in September at the League of California Cities Annual Conference. “I am proud of Long Beach and our airport team for earning this prestigious award.  The modernization of Long Beach Airport is an example of what local government can accomplish when the community and City work together,” Councilwoman Mungo said. “I hope every resident will consider Long Beach for the travel and share their experience and impressions of our fresh, functional terminal with their friends and neighbors."  

The concourse features a resort-like atmosphere that allows travelers the ability to relax in an open atrium, or enjoy spacious seating areas flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows that offer expansive views of the airfield and spectacular sunsets.

“The new concourse provides a roomier, more secured area for TSA inspectors to perform pre-boarding inspections while continuing to offer ease of use by the traveling public,” said Reginald Harrison, Acting Airport Director.

Modern conveniences include an iPad tablet bar where people can check email or order food to be delivered to their seat, USB plug-ins and electrical outlets conveniently placed among the seating areas to recharge electronic devices, and free Wi-Fi throughout the airport. The League of California Cities noted LGB’s ease of use, while accommodating nearly 3 million annual passengers. 

About Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport (LGB), located in Long Beach, CA, was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipally owned airport in California. Throughout its 91-year history, LGB has been a source of substantial economic activity and business opportunities, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally responsible operation. LGB hosts four airlines offering non-stop service to several U.S. cities and serving nearly 3 million commercial airline passengers annually while supporting a healthy general aviation community with approximately 300,000 annual operations. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport.

About the Helen Putnam Award
Established in 1982 by the League of California Cities, the California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements by California's 482 cities. These winning cities have made unique contributions to community residents and businesses, contributions which have resulted in lower costs or more effective delivery of services.