Long Beach Airport Breaks Ground on New Passenger Concourse

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long-beach-airportCity officials broke ground on a new passenger concourse at Long Beach Airport that will include a streamlined passenger screening area and a 34,750-square-foot boarding lounge with comfortable seating and upgraded concessions.

Scheduled to open in 2013, the $45 million project will be a modern gateway to better accommodate the Airport’s existing 3 million annual passengers.

“The Long Beach Airport is one of the most important economic assets in our city, and constructing this new concourse will create much-needed jobs,” Mayor Bob Foster. “The new concourse will have several new features, including environmentally sustainable solar panels that will provide 13 percent of the concourse’s energy needs.”

In order to meet travelers’ needs and to minimize impacts on the costs of doing business at the Airport, the improvements are being phased in, building only the features most critical to ensuring continued convenience and safety for passengers.

“The concourse is going to be the right size, and it is being built at the right time,” said Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, who represents the 5th District, where the airport is located. “Long Beach Airport is rapidly becoming more and more of a jewel for aviation, and that is something we can all be proud of.”

The new building will feature an atrium and garden composure area offering the perfect welcome to the temperate Southern California climate.

“This new passenger concourse is yet another example of how the Long Beach Airport is continuing to exceed expectations, as we improve our costumer service and provide the pleasant, unique ‘Long Beach’ experience,” Airport Director Mario Rodriguez said.

The concourse is funded through General Airport Revenue Bonds funds and existing Passenger Facility Charges. The project will not increase airlines’ costs.

The project is part of the $140 million Airport Modernization Project, which also includes a new parking structure, historic terminal modernization and air carrier ramp improvements, and will create approximately 1,000 jobs.

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