Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, CA – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced yesterday that Long Beach Airport (LGB) was selected as one of only four airports in the state of California to receive funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s (BIL) airport terminal program. The $10.6 million sum will go towards LGB’s Terminal Roadway Improvements project.
“The Long Beach Airport is a vital part of our community and economy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This announced funding is a huge investment in continuing to improve our airport infrastructure.”
The Terminal Roadway Improvements project is one of nine projects that comprise LGB’s ongoing Phase II Terminal Area Improvement Program to make strategic pre-security enhancements. Slated to begin construction in early 2023, the roadway improvements include realignment and repaving of the terminal loop (Donald Douglas Drive) to improve passenger flow and provide critical Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enhancements.
“We are delighted that the Federal Aviation Administration recognized the value of LGB’s modernization program and awarded funding to complete terminal roadway improvements,” said Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “This project will improve passenger flow on the terminal loop and will provide critical access improvements for people with disabilities or mobility challenges.”
Records indicate that the terminal loop was originally built more than 50 years ago. In addition to reconstruction work needed to prolong the life of the roadway, the terminal loop does not currently reflect the needs of a modern airport with a busy mix of taxis, rideshare operators, shuttles, private vehicles and pedestrians. The project will supplement existing ADA features such as curb cuts, ramps, signage and handrails at drop off and pick up areas. In addition, it will add audible warning detection systems at pedestrian crossings. A clear ADA path of travel to public transportation and public parking facilities within the airport will be developed.
This $10.6 million is in addition to the $6.1 million in future entitlement BIL funding which was announced by the FAA in December 2021.
Long Beach Airport offers nonstop service to 16 destinations across the nation, including Hawaii.
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.
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.