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Long Beach Airport soon will have a whole new look. Take a peek

Long Beach Airport soon will have a whole new look. Take a peek
This rendering shows Long Beach Airport's historic main building with car-rental counters. The new improvement project is expected to be completed in 2021. (Long Beach Airport)

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is getting ready for another face-lift. The historic airport in 2012 rolled out a sleek indoor/outdoor passenger terminal with new gate areas and upscale eateries. Now it’s set to add new ticketing and baggage claim areas, and transform the main building into a car rental facility.

Another rendering of what the renovated historic main building and its mosaic floors will look like.
Another rendering of what the renovated historic main building and its mosaic floors will look like. (Long Beach Airport)

It’s a big step for the 1942 building that once housed a waiting room as well as an airline ticket office, post office and teletype office. The decorative floor mosaics depicting city influences — sea gulls and fish, a ship, flight maps and communication motifs — were created by Grace Clements, with funding from the Work Projects Administration.

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The new baggage claim area will have concessions you can access from outside (rendering).
The new baggage claim area will have concessions you can access from outside (rendering). (Long Beach Airport)

Now the vintage space will be given over to car-rental counters, and a new indoor ticketing lobby will provide more space and more self-check-in kiosks for passengers.

Other planned improvements include a new meet-and-greet courtyard area in front of the main building, a new concessions area near the consolidated baggage claim area, and new rental car return and ground transportation areas.

This rendering shows a new meet-and-greet courtyard area outside the main building.
This rendering shows a new meet-and-greet courtyard area outside the main building. (Long Beach Airport)

The City Council in May gave the green light to the $58.8 million needed for improvements that are expected to be completed in 2021.

JetBlue is the airport’s dominant carrier, with American, Delta, Southwest and now Hawaiian serving select destinations. The airport covers about 1,100 acres and operates five runways.

The existing ticketing area inside the main building. A new ticketing lobby is planned.
The existing ticketing area inside the main building. A new ticketing lobby is planned. (Long Beach Airport)

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