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Long Beach Airport Invites Community to Airfield for Annual Festival of Flight

2019 - Festival of Flight (Two seated in a plane)
Marlene Arrona
Public Affairs Assistant
Long Beach Airport

Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) award-winning Festival of Flight is coming back in for a landing Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Thousands of attendees are expected at the popular family-friendly event featuring static aircraft displays, children’s activities, live music, food and beer trucks, and helicopter rides for purchase.

“The Long Beach Airport is an incredible asset to our community and our local economy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Festival of Flight is a great chance for families to walk onto the airfield and see it up close.”

The award-winning community event is free and open to the public, with an estimated 10,000 people of all ages taking part in the outdoor festivities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Taxiway E, located on the west end of the airfield at 3590 East Wardlow Road.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at this community celebration of our municipal airport, which holds such a special place in the hearts our community as well as the aviation world,” said Fourth District Councilman Daryl Supernaw.

Previously known as the Fly-In, Festival of Flight has been a tradition in Long Beach since 2013, when it was launched to celebrate the airport’s 90th anniversary. The aviation-themed event has since continued to raise awareness about California’s oldest airport, which will mark its 100th anniversary next year.

“Festival of Flight is a unique opportunity to showcase our historic airport in a way that allows the public to walk on the airfield and see and interact with aircraft up close,” said Fifth District Councilwoman Stacy Mungo Flanigan.

Attendees are advised to bring water, wear sensible shoes and be prepared to be outdoors, rain or shine. Coolers will not be allowed, and bags will be subject to search. Service animals will be permitted, but pets will not.

Limited free parking will be available at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way. Alternate modes of transportation, such as cycling, carpooling, ride-sharing and public transportation, are highly encouraged. Bicycle parking also will be available in the parking lot.

“We are proud to host this annual event at Long Beach Airport, which inspires aviation enthusiasts of today and tomorrow,” Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said.

In 2019, the Festival of Flight was honored by the California Association of Public Information Officials with an Excellence in Public Information and Communications (EPIC) award for best recurring special event of the year.

Follow LGB on social media or visit the Festival of Flight webpage for more information about the event or Long Beach Airport, which currently offers nonstop service to 17 destinations across the nation by major airlines, in addition to robust general aviation operations.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 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 and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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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.