City of Long Beach Public Information Office 411 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 011221
COVID-19 Testing Site Opens at Long Beach Airport
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
Media inquiries only: Kate.Kuykendall@longbeach.gov
Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Airport (LGB), in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, today welcomed its first COVID-19 testing site, available exclusively for the airlines’ guests traveling to the Hawaiian Islands. Starting Jan. 16, LGB will also host a testing clinic open to all airline passengers. “This is a welcome effort to add testing capacity for the City of Long Beach in a strategically important location,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As we look ahead in 2021, Long Beach Airport is well-poised to take advantage of an eventual increase in demand for air travel.”
Hawaiian Airlines’ drive-through lab offers $90 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests with results provided within 36 hours. The State of Hawai‘i currently exempts visitors and returning residents from quarantine if they obtain a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test result by an approved testing partner no more than 72 hours before their scheduled departure time.
The airline, which offers five weekly nonstop flights between LGB and Honolulu and daily nonstop flights to Kahului, Maui starting March 9, partnered with Long Beach-based Worksite Labs, which administers the testing site daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LGB main entrance located at 4100 Donald Douglas Dr. To learn more and to schedule a drive-through appointment, visit hawaiianairlines.com/covid-test-options/long-beach.
The airport’s second drive-through testing site is set to open Jan. 16 adjacent to the Hawaiian Airlines testing location. It will be administered by Covid Clinic and made available by appointment to any ticketed LGB traveler daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rapid PCR test results will be provided within two hours and are among a variety of antigen and antibody tests offered. Reservations, as well as more detailed test information and pricing, are available at covidclinic.org/lgb.
“We are pleased to offer these easily-accessible testing options for our passengers,” said Airport Director Cynthia Guidry. “This new amenity is part of the convenient and safe experience for those who need to travel.”
Currently, all of Southern California is under a Regional Stay at Home Order, and all non-essential travel is temporarily restricted. For those who have essential travel needs, LGB has instituted a number of measures to enhance passenger safety, including physical distancing, new disinfecting protocols and a face covering requirement. Read about these measures and watch a video of what it’s like to fly through LGB with the current precautions in place.
The City of Long Beach offers free COVID-19 testing at a number of sites, including at Long Beach City College Veterans Stadium, located just one mile from the Airport. For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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.