Have you ever been to the Long Beach Airport? If so, recently? Its my preferred departure point if there is a flight going where I need to go. JetBlue is the main carrier using the airport.
Long Beach Airport is tiny, especially by LA standards. It’s laid back. It has a cool art deco main terminal. It’s nostalgic for those of us who remember walking outside onto the tarmac and up stairs to board the planes.
Until now, after checking in at the old main terminal, you were routed into trailer terminals to wait for boarding. Yes, the same types of trailers used to house classrooms in overcrowded schools.
The airport is nearing the completion of a remodel and expansion designed by international firm HOK. The remodel has kept many of the things that made the Long Beach airport charming. Most significantly, visitors are still greeted by the 1941 main terminal building. Additionally, plane boarding still involves an outdoor walk onto the tarmac and up airplane gangplanks.
However, the new portions are equally charming in a modern indoor-outdoor southern california kind-of-way. The new buildings retain the smallish human scale of the airport – unusual for an airport expansion. Below are some photos I took and renderings can be found at the HOK site.