Long Beach Airport Celebrates Completion of New $26 Million Ticketing Concourse • Long Beach Business Journal

Long Beach Airport is ready to show off its new $26 million ticketing concourse.

City and airport officials gathered this afternoon for the grand opening of the new facility, which opens to the public on May 4. The concourse, part of Phase II of the $110 million terminal area improvement program, features state-of-the-art amenities built to accommodate the modern traveler.

From left, Councilman Daryl Supernaw, Councilwoman Stacy Mungo Flanigan, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach Airport Manager Cynthia Guidry and Swinerton Senior Vice President Ray Haj pose for photos during of Long Beach Airport’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new ticketing concourse on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

The project, however, was not without obstacles. Delays and rising costs had a significant impact on the construction process.

“We have successfully met the challenges posed by the pandemic through this partnership,” Long Beach Airport Manager Cynthia Guidry said at the ceremony.

The new 16,700 square foot building offers new contactless ticketing kiosks outside of an initial entrance. It’s an example of how facilities continue to adapt to life in the wake of the pandemic.

Vending machines inside the new ticketing hall at Long Beach Airport on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

“These upgrades will enhance the features that make Long Beach Airport a premier transportation hub for Southern California,” Long Beach Council Member Daryl Supernaw said at the ceremony.

Unlike traditional terminals, which use spaces designated for particular airlines, the concourse accommodates airlines based on current demands for their services.

A new checked baggage inspection system will also be opened alongside the facility to further expedite the check-in process for departing travelers. The nearly 6,500-foot facility will be directly connected to the ticketing concourse and will feature new explosive detection systems to maximize security.

A row of counters inside the ticketing hall at Long Beach Airport on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

“Our state-of-the-art ticketing lobby and baggage screening system are great additions to what is already, in my opinion, the best and easiest place to fly in and out statewide. of California,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert. Garcia said. “Today truly marks the start of the second phase of improvements to our airport.”

The airport will hold a community open house on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with family activities, refreshments and tours of the new concourse. Parking will be free.

Baggage moves on a conveyor belt at Long Beach Airport during a media tour Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.
Baggage moves on a conveyor belt at Long Beach Airport on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.
A TSA employee examines a laptop for a media tour at Long Beach Airport on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

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