Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy Holidays

Long Beach Airport has plenty of gifts in store for travelers flying through LGB this holiday season. With festive decorations, local musical acts, and several new seasonal routes, the holiday spirit is alive and well at LGB!  

Immediately entering the airport, visitors are greeted by an enormous gold bow sitting atop parking structure B. A giant Christmas tree accompanied by a Hanukah menorah and Kwanza table, as well as a large LGB95 sign to commemorate the airport’s 95th Anniversary, sit in the plaza behind the terminal area offering a great opportunity for photos. LGB encourages guests to share pictures on social media by using #MerryLGB and #LGB95.  
Additionally, LGB is partnering with local musicians and groups from area schools to perform holiday music for travelers and visitors at LGB. The Panjammas, a steel drums group from Cabrillo High School, the TSA chorus, and the Madrigals choir from Lakewood High School are among the acts that will help spread holiday cheer this season.  
Just in time for the busy holiday travel period, JetBlue has announced two new popular ski destinations to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Bozeman, Montana. These routes will appeal to ski enthusiasts and LGB’s outdoor minded passengers. 
Lastly, as with any major holiday, traffic through the airport will be higher than usual. For a hassle-free trip, LGB recommends the following tips to all passengers: 
  • * Arrive to the airport at least 90 minutes to 2 hours before departure time  
  • * Check the airline’s baggage rules and verify flight schedules 
  • * Self-parking is available in Structure A and B. The hourly rate at all structures is $2 an hour with a maximum of $19 in A and $17 in B. 
  • * Valet parking is available for $24 a day with a complimentary car wash. 
  • * Travelers can download the free LGB Airport app, which provides information on arrivals, departures, parking, and shopping. 
  • * Drivers picking up passengers are suggested to wait at the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located at 3401 N. Lakewood Blvd. 
  • * Use the center median located in front of the terminal to access rideshare services such as Lyft, MVN 2, Opoli, Uber and Wingz. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Festival of Flight Breaks Records for Airport's 95th Anniversary

Long Beach Airport’s 95th anniversary took off at this year’s Festival of Flight. Crowds of over 15,000 flocked to the event, marking the biggest turnout in the festival’s six-year history.

The morning commenced with a performance of the national anthem by Cal State Long Beach student, Harlee Balajadia, followed by an incredible flyover from the Tiger Squadron. Throughout the day, guests were treated to a variety of aircraft on display, most notably a C-17 from March Air Force Base. Tours of the C-17’s flight deck were in high demand. Guests also had the opportunity to walk through the fuselage of the plane and take pictures in the seats lining the wall. Other notable aircraft included a firefighting U.S. Coast Guard plane, also in high demand, and a Gulfstream G650 jet. 

The entertainment continued with smooth tunes from the Long Beach City College’s Jazz Combo, an electrifying 1940s tap and dance performance from the Satin Dollz, and an upbeat ’80s tribute from Knyght Ryder closing out the day. Food options were plentiful, with The Fat Queso serving up tasty quesadillas, Rice Balls of Fire offering their signature rice balls, and Tikiz Shaved Ice providing relief from the heat.

A variety of organizations also attended the event, including SafeLaunch Healthy Futures, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect youth from drug and alcohol addiction. Kids had the opportunity to paint the organization’s airplane with vibrant pictures of their choosing. Another prominent organization was NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Research team. Their goal is to normalize unmanned aircraft flying across the United States. The organization’s king air (C12) research aircraft piqued a lot of interest among plane enthusiasts and patrons alike.      

Long Beach Airport thanks all of the organizations and guests who attended this year’s Festival of Flight. Their participation was crucial to the success and record turnout of this year’s event. LGB looks forward to seeing both old and new faces next year!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tips for Enjoying LGB's Upcoming Festival of Flight

This year’s annual Festival of Flight is taking off at Long Beach Airport! LGB is expecting a record crowd at the event, which marks the start of its year-long 95th anniversary celebration. Attendees will enjoy a variety of aircraft on static display, including a C-17 from March Air Force Base; live music and entertainment from various bands including Long Beach City College’s Jazz Combo, 1940’s era group the Satin Dollz, and 80s tribute band Knyght Ryder; gourmet food and beer trucks; and a children’s activity area. It’s a celebration the whole family will surely appreciate!
 To make the most of the event and ensure a pleasant experience for attendees, some guidelines are listed below:

·         The event will take place on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Taxiway B, located on the west end of the airfield at 3590 East Wardlow Road.
·         Admission is completely free - tickets or reservations are not required.
·         Free parking is available at East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way. Carpooling and the use of public transit is encouraged. For information on Long Beach Transit, please visit
·         Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen and sensible shoes; be prepared to be outdoors in the elements.
·         Pets, except for service animals, and items on the TSA prohibited list will not be permitted, and bags are subject to search. For more information on TSA prohibited items, please visit
·         Attendees are encouraged to use #LBFestivalofFlight, #LGB95, #LongBeachAirport, #LGB, #AvGeek on social media.

Come help Long Beach Airport commemorate 95 years of welcoming, renowned, and easy-going service. The sky is the limit for this year’s celebration!
For more information, please visit and be sure to follow Long Beach Airport on Facebook, Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Long Beach Airport Celebrates Completion of Runway Reconstruction

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Long Beach Airport (LGB) on October 11, 2018, to celebrate the completed reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L, which is primarily used for general aviation. Runway 26L is Long Beach Airport’s shortest but busiest runway.

To commemorate the reconstruction completion, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews joined pilot Curt Castagna, C.M., President/CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group and President of the Long Beach Airport Association, for a ceremonial first flight. The two took off in a Varga airplane from Runway 26L.

Reconstruction began in January 2018 to improve pilot safety and pavement conditions 
HNTB Corporation was the designer for the project, and All American Asphalt was the general contractor. Jacobs Engineering served as the construction manager. Both the redesignation process and the reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L were primarily funded through a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant approved by Long Beach City Council last year.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The 13th Annual Plane Pull Held at LGB

The 13th Annual Special Olympics Plane Pull was held at Long Beach Airport on August 18. Teams tested their strength and stamina to see who can pull a FedEx airplane 12 feet the fastest. This year, over 200 participated in the inaugural Fun Run/Inclusion Walk that started at Long Beach Exchange and finished at the Plane Pull site. Special Olympics of Southern California (SOSC) raised over $190,000 through both events.  Proceeds will support people with intellectual disabilities who train and compete in life-changing sports programs. Long Beach Airport is proud to partner with SOSC in this worthwhile endeavor.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Flying Neighborly

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is an economic asset and integral part of the city. Balancing the benefits of the airport while respecting the neighborhoods in the surrounding communities is one of LGB’s key goals. Long Beach Airport’s ‘Flying Neighborly’ program is a community partnership that strives to be responsive to noise concerns and develop ways to keep pilots flying safely and responsibly. With the help of community members and local helicopter pilots, eight videos were produced to help educate individuals on how to minimize the impact of helicopter noise. Individuals that played a part in the production of the ‘Flying Neighborly’ videos were recently recognized at the Airport Advisory Commission meeting. Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo thanked the individuals for their work with the 'Flying Neighborly' program. The educational helicopter videos are available on LGB's website. Flying Neighborly Videos

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Long Beach Airport Completes Runway Redesignation

After 66 years, Long Beach Airport (LGB) has redesignated two runways for the first time. The runways were redesignated to account for natural shifts in the earth’s magnetic field. Runway 7R-25L is now 8R-26L, and Runway 7L-25R is now 8L-26R. Runway numbers are based on magnetic headings, for example, the runways are known as 8-26 because they face 80 degrees on a compass in one direction and 260 degrees in the opposite direction. Since these are parallel runways at Long Beach Airport, they are marked appropriately as Left and Right. Pilots and air traffic controllers rely on navigational aids and flight procedures that are based on magnetic headings to find their takeoff and landing runways.

While the runways were closed, the crews at LGB worked for five consecutive nights in order to update pavement markings and electrical signage to reflect the new runway designations. Both of the runway names were changed on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 12.00 am. Although the runways have been redesignated, Runway 8R-26L remains closed for reconstruction to improve pilot safety and pavement conditions.Thanks to the airport operations and engineering teams, construction partners, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for helping with this momentous occasion.

Friday, May 4, 2018

CSULB Tours UPS Facility at LGB

Nestled away in a corner of the LGB complex is the bustling UPS cargo facility. Recently, students in the Master of Supply Chain Management program at California State University Long Beach enjoyed a tour of the UPS facility. Now, this wasn’t your average sightseeing experience--students were given valuable insight into the operation of a hub-and-spoke network! When students arrived at the facility they were greeted by a long-time UPS employee. The knowledge and skill needed to operate a successful transportation center as part of one the world’s largest airlines is learned through years of experience. Several employees at this facility have worked for UPS for over 40 years.

While touring the aircraft,their hosts briefed them on the importance of security and adherence to FAA regulatory guidelines. They shared insight into the complexities of the UPS operation, including: weight distribution, transporting hazardous material, and time sensitivity. Although this facility only has one flight a day, the work is continuous and the employees work diligently to meet their high standards. Special thanks to the UPS employees who were eager to share their experiences, and to CSULB professors Dr. Wade Martin and Dr. Tom O’Brien and Long Beach Airport Commissioner Phil Ramsdale for organizing this unique opportunity!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

NBAA 'Pay it Foward' Tour visits Long Beach Airport

On February 6, Long Beach Poly High School students took part in the NBAA "Pay It Forward" Tour at Long Beach Airport (LGB). 
Students arrived outside the Signature Flight Support LGB where they were greeted by airport staff along with business aviation tenants and special guest Shaesta Waiz, who currently holds the record for the youngest woman to fly solo in a single-engine plane around the world at the age of 30. Waiz spoke with the students and encouraged them to keep an open mind when considering careers in aviation.
"I challenge you go out there, you may not know anything about aviation but so much of the world is connected to airplanes,” Waiz said. “As you go around and talk to people that are here to support you guys and share their careers, listen closely because I never thought I would be a pilot so anything is possible.”
LGB Director Jess Romo highlighted the importance of business aviation as it makes up 88 percent of the airport’s total operations. Romo hoped that this event would inspire some of the students to choose a career in aviation.
“It makes me very happy to see all of you here today,” said LGB Director Jess Romo. “Business Aviation is an important part of what Long Beach Airport is about and with dedication and hard work, you too can be a part of this great aviation industry.”
The students were split up into groups and attended six different stations with representatives from Long Beach Airport, SoCal Jet Services, Island Express, Signature Flight Support, Pacific Air and Skechers where they learned more about LGB and business aviation. 
Shaesta Waiz taking a selfie with the students as they arrived