Thursday, January 22, 2015

Long Beach Airport Celebrates Diversity in Dr. King Parade

Philip Morisky and Carolyn Carlton Lowe enjoy the ride.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) is always eager to get out and into the community whenever possible, and recently, one of the city’s most storied and exciting traditions offered the perfect opportunity to bring LGB spirit to the people of Long Beach.

Pom-poms were a big hit with the crowd.
The city held its 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade over the weekend, and thousands lined the streets to be part of what makes Long Beach so special: its diversity. People of all backgrounds came out to watch local leaders, marching bands, community groups and business floats of all kinds honor the legacy of Dr. King and his message.

Long Beach Airport was there too, proudly, with the popular “airplane” golf cart carrying volunteers, and a support car following behind with goodies like pom-poms and toy planes to pass out to the crowd. The airplane cart even had somewhat of a second debut, showing off a brand new nosecone with a spinning plastic propeller and realistic-looking exhaust pipes – masterfully designed and built by maintenance assistant, Harley Alcorn. With both vehicles displaying "Airport" across their sides, it sent a clear message that LGB is a proud member of the local community.

Kenyon Labostrie spreads toys along the route.
The parade route traveled north along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue for over a mile, through part of Cambodia Town and right past the iconic Long Beach Poly High football field, then across Pacific Coast Highway and into Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Along the way, the LGB crew in both cars – themselves an extremely diverse group – handed out hundreds of toys to neighborhood children as they waved and cheered. Finally, the “airplane” touched down for the day in front of a bronze statue of Dr. King himself, that welcomed one and all to a concert and carnival that lasted into the evening.

Long Beach Airport was honored to have a presence at yet another fantastic MLK Parade, and looks forward to participating in the event for years to come.

Gloria Curry, Kim McMahon and Desiree Farr lead the way.

Carmen Rivera hands out toy planes to local children.




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Long Beach Airport Resumes Operations Following Brief Airspace Lockdown

All flight activity has returned to normal following incident at nearby Long Beach City College.

The airspace surrounding Long Beach Airport has been reopened and operations have resumed, following a brief lockdown on all flight activity due to the situation at nearby Long Beach City College. All operations at Long Beach Airport have returned to normal, and flights expected to arrive and depart today remain on schedule.

The FAA issued a lockdown on all flight activity in and out of Long Beach Airport at approximately 11:19am on Thursday, January 15. The lockdown was lifted at approximately 11:57am. Two flights experienced brief delays during the lockdown, but were not canceled. Other flights may experience some delays, however no flight cancelations related to this incident have been reported.

Officers responded to Long Beach City College on Thursday morning following a report of a possible explosive device near the Liberal Arts campus. The lockdown was lifted when police determined there was no device, and cleared the scene.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mayor Highlights Long Beach Airport In Impressive Speech


In his first State of the City address, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia praised Long Beach Airport (LGB) for its award-winning service, as well as its economic impact on the surrounding community.

Click here to see his mention of Long Beach Airport on YouTube.

“Our airport provides direct employment to more than 11,000 jobs and the regional impact of that airport is more than $8 billion,” he said. “That’s our Long Beach Airport.”

Past studies have found that Long Beach Airport has an even greater effect on employment in the greater region, providing as many as 43,000 direct and indirect jobs. They also found that the more than 400 businesses located in the Long Beach Airport Area Complex offer an average salary of $78,000, which is 50 percent higher than the Los Angeles County average. To learn more about the economic impact of Long Beach Airport, visit our economic impact report, here.

Later, the mayor spoke candidly about financial issues facing Long Beach in the coming years, but also pointed to many promising opportunities, including recent development surrounding Long Beach Airport.

“We are seeing positive signs already,” he said. “The Douglas Park development by the airport is moving forward. Mercedes and Hooman Toyota are opening new facilities and more potential investors are in discussion with the City every single day. The Douglas Park project alone is adding more than 1.4 million square feet of new commercial and industrial space, which has brought more than 3,000 new jobs to our city.”

The speech brought praise from many of the guests and elected officials in the audience, including 5th District Councilmember Stacy Rose Mungo, whose district includes Long Beach Airport. Her tweets (here and here) supported the mayor and his view on the positive role that LGB plays in the community.

Congratulations to Mayor Robert Garcia on a fantastic inaugural State of the City address. Go Long Beach!