Long Beach Airport Prepares For Busy Summer Travel Season

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Long Beach Airport (LGB) is expecting a busier than normal summer as the airport prepares to serve new passengers. A new airline and new routes will add to the visitors in Long Beach during the travel season. With Southwest Airlines scheduled to begin service in Long Beach and JetBlue adding flights and an extra destination, Long Beach Airport is ready to welcome summer travelers.

“With the new Southwest routes and the convenience and great atmosphere of our airport, tourists have every reason to vacation in Long Beach this summer,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

As previously announced, Southwest Airlines will begin flying between Long Beach and Oakland four times a day, starting June 5, and Delta has modernized its fleet to handle more capacity during the summer travel season.

“The Long Beach Airport continues to be the best way to fly and we are pleased with the new routes being offered to passengers,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. “Our airport provides a unique and local travel experience thanks to our acclaimed staff, safety record and terminal.”

JetBlue plans to expand service across the West Coast. In August, nonstop service begins between Long Beach and Reno. They will also expand their service from Long Beach to Oakland, San Francisco, and Las Vegas by adding an additional daily flight to each destination. In September, departure and arrival times for trips between Long Beach and Sacramento will be adjusted to accommodate customers who travel frequently between both airports and allow travelers to take day trips between the two destination cities.

“Along with being operationally prepared to handle new routes and passengers, airport staff is eager to provide our famed, first-rate customer service to summer travelers,” said Interim Airport Director Juan López-Rios. “We recommend that passengers plan ahead and arrive at least 60 to 90 minutes prior to departure to ensure an enjoyable experience at Long Beach Airport.”

Travelers are encouraged to do what they can to ensure their summer travels go smoothly, such as checking their airline’s baggage rules online ahead of time, registering for TSA PreCheck and checking their airline’s website or app. Passengers may download the free LGB Airport app on their Apple or Android devices; the app provides information on arrivals, departures, parking, shopping, dining, and more.

Tips for Summer Travel:

  • Long Beach Airport has an open-air concourse perfect for outdoor dining, so sunscreen is advised.
  • Guide and service dogs, emotional support animals, and other traveling pets are welcome at the airport. A relief area is available north of the historic terminal.
  • Self-parking is available in Lots A and B at a rate of $2 an hour with a maximum of $19 per day in Lot A, and $17 in Lot B.
  • Electric vehicle charging is available in Lot B at a rate of $1 an hour for members and $2 an hour for guests.
  • Curbside valet parking is available for $24 a day and includes a free car wash.
  • Drivers picking up passengers are encouraged to use the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located at 3402 N. Lakewood Blvd.

About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently completed a revitalization to update its facilities. In 2012, 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, both Fodor’s Travel Guide and the BBC named LGB one of the top 10 terminals in the world, and USA Today and 10Best.com 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 nearly 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, 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.

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