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Long Beach Airport Awarded $15.3 Million Grant to Upgrade and Rename Runways
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport

The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Long Beach Airport (LGB) a $15.3 million grant as part of the Airport Improvement Program. The funds will go toward infrastructure improvements to LGB’s busiest Runway 7R-25L. The runway is primarily used by general aviation for extensive flight training operations by flight schools and flying clubs located on the south side of the airfield.

“The aviation economy is strong in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Pilots are in demand across the United States and Long Beach Airport is providing the groundwork for a healthy and safe environment ideal for valuable pilot training and excellent knowledge in the field.”

Runway 7R-25L will be reconstructed to provide a minimum 20-year service life and will be reduced in width from 150 feet to 100 feet. Upon completion, Runway 7R-25L will be re-designated as 8R-26L due to natural shifts in the earth’s magnetic field.

“The grant program funds various infrastructure projects, all of which help create more jobs in Long Beach. Credit goes to our airport engineering team for their efforts in applying for the grant, and to the FAA and Congressional Delegation for their support,” said Long Beach Airport Director Jess L. Romo. “An airport runway designation is not subjective but rather tied to its orientation to a compass heading. This is a key element for pilot awareness and safety.”

In addition to the reconstruction and re-designation of 7R-25L, Runway 7L-25R will be re-designated 8L-26R. The grant will be presented to City Council for consideration on August 8, 2017.

Improvements include:

  • Reconstructed surfaces
  • Drainage systems
  • Signage
  • Pavement markings
  • Runway guard lights
  • Grading infield areas
  • Replacing existing lighting with LED lighting
  • Two new aircraft run-up areas
  • Blast pads on Runway 7L-25R
  • Re-designation of runways

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.