Long Beach Airport still struggles to reach pre-pandemic passenger volumes • Long Beach Business Journal
Long Beach Airport passenger numbers plummeted in April 2020, with a measly 6,300 travelers passing through the facility due to the emergence of COVID-19. After two years, the establishment still has not reached its pre-pandemic level of customers.
Last month, 274,381 people passed through Long Beach Airport, an increase of 70.5% over the same month last year. The 2022 figure, however, is 7.6% lower than April 2019, when 296,941 travelers used the airfield.
“Our commercial passenger numbers continue to edge closer and closer to pre-pandemic levels,” airport manager Cynthia Guidry said in an email to The Business Journal. “We have seen strong demand during spring break and hope to see an even more robust summer season.”
Since the start of the year, a total of 930,741 passengers have passed through the small municipal airport, down 15.6% from the same period in 2019, which had welcomed more than 1.1 million passengers.
Nationally, air travel in April 2022 was 9.5% lower than the same month in 2019, according to Transportation Security Administration data. Last month, more than 63.4 million passengers passed through US airports, up from more than 70 million three years ago.
In April 2019, 27 out of 30 days saw over 2 million passengers. Last month, just 19 days saw over 2 million passengers.
Back in Long Beach, total airfreight increased 8.7% year-over-year to 1,187 tons. The figure remains more than 28% lower than April 2019, when 1,655 tons of cargo were handled.