Update: Sadly, lawmakers killed the proposal to make Long Beach an international airport. We’ll update if that changes in the future.
The Long Beach airport is about as good as airports come: It’s small and uncrowded, still uses its historic old buildings, merges indoor and outdoor spaces in true California style, and even has a food truck. A year ago when I ranked the three major airports in the Los Angeles area, Long Beach came in second but only because its location isn’t especially convenient. If it weren’t a $45 Uber ride from the major destinations in LA, the Long Beach airport would hands down be the best in Southern California.
And now, it looks like the airport is about to step onto the world stage.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a recent study revealed that the now-domestic-only airport could add international flights. The study looked at whether or not the new flights would be too noisy. They wouldn’t be, and they’d also generate a lot of revenue — so it looks like this could actually happen.
This is a boon for anyone who flies in or out of Southern California, which is a lot of people. Though the airport will have to add international facilities (which hopefully won’t undermine its charm), if it does begin offering international flights it’ll give people the option of avoiding the nightmare that is LAX.
Finally, and in case it wasn’t already clear, I highly recommend flying in or out of Long Beach if you can ever swing it. (JetBlue has base in Long Beach, and Laura works for JetBlue, but neither Laura nor JetBlue had anything to do with this post). It’s a laid back, aesthetically pleasing airport that captures the spirt of Southern California as well as an airport ever could.
— Jim Dalrymple II