Flying away for a weekend trip is no problem at all for Long Beach residents. The Long Beach Airport, built in 1941, has continued to evolve with the city while still retaining its historic character. Acting as a convenient hub for residents of the surrounding neighborhoods and cities like Lakewood and Signal Hill, LGB provides easy access and a great alternative to the hassle of the behemoth LAX.
The places you can go from Long Beach’s airport are quite diverse from coast to coast. The flights to and from Long Beach are largely furnished by JetBlue and Southwest. Multiple flights head to northern California. Whether this means traveling to San Francisco for business, or a quick trip up from Oakland to wine country for the weekend, it’s a breeze to travel from Long Beach.
For the weekend party crowd, LGB offers direct flights to Las Vegas and Reno. While you can certainly make the drive to Vegas in a few hours, it can be a crapshoot on whether or not traffic will get you to Sin City in four hours or seven. Reno itself is only a short drive away from Lake Tahoe for winter sports and access to the Sierras.
If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, Long Beach Airport offers a few more ambitious options. The Pacific Northwest gets a bit of the special treatment. Seattle and Portland are accessible year round, but seasonal flights to Anchorage, AK make for a great escape to one of the wildest frontiers left in the States. When the itch to go to a city more celebrated for its lights and culture, New York is a nonstop ticket, as is Boston.
While the world is your oyster if you’re willing to connect and head on to other destinations, below is a chart showing places you can travel to from Long Beach via a nonstop flight:
Long Beach Airport’s north and south concourses have been improving year after year. Showcasing local businesses in Long Beach like George’s Greek Cafe, Sweet Jill’s Bakery, and 4th Street Vine gives visitors a little taste of the Long Beach community. Another great feature is the landscaped succulent garden dividing the terminal gates. Changes have been ongoing since 2012, with more planned for the front entrance of the airport as well.
Long Beach Airport has been in talks to expand the airport into international flights. As of January 24th, the Long Beach City Council moved to dismiss the idea. The primary opponents to this expansion were homeowners with concerns about the local funding and noise ordinances. The funds that would have been diverted into this project will now remain to improve the current runways and ticketing areas. The majority of the project would have been paid by JetBlue, who remains the primary airline carrier for the area.
For the time being, Long Beach will continue to enjoy domestic flights that are easily accessible to city-dwellers and tourists alike. For more updates on Long Beach, local news, and the real estate market, sign up for our newsletter for weekly updates.