Looks like Christmas will be here early this year, with tons of passengers traveling out of Long Beach Airport. Just in time for the holidays, the new Long Beach concourse that has been built behind the original 1941 Art Deco terminal will now be in use by all passengers starting Dec. 12.
To help celebrate the $45 million terminal addition, there will be an opening ceremony tomorrow, along with public tours on Sunday, Dec. 9. From 10 am to 4 pm.
Fortunately for passengers, work wrapped up early, which means no more used departure lounges and boarding gates that were created in August 2001, after JetBlue started flying out of Long Beach Airport. Originally, the concourse was set to open in May and is by far a key component of the airport’s $140 million renovation.
During the makeover, Depression-era mosaics tile that depict Long Beach commerce and industry were discovered by workers in the original Art Deco Terminal. These historical tiles will be preserved and unveiled to the public in time.
As for now, the many passengers can breathe a sigh of relief, due to the additional restaurants and shopping options that will be available in the new facilities.