And that’s saying something considering that airport officials expect a significant increase in passenger traffic during Thanksgiving week. Estimates are that passenger numbers will reach close to 2019, pre-pandemic levels with an estimated 72,000 passengers expected to move through LGB during the week, with more than 12,000 passing through the airport on its busiest days.
Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said she is confident that even with the increase in travelers the airport will be able to deliver “calm, cool and convenient travel options for passengers. We have ample, affordable parking just steps away from the ticketing lobby and a relaxing indoor-outdoor concourse environment with palm trees, a fire pit and local shops and restaurants.”
There are also a number of things travelers can do to make their airport experience as stress-free as possible:
- Arrive 90 minutes early, especially for morning flights, to allow adequate time to pass through security.
- Check your airline’s baggage rules and verify flight schedules in advance.
- Drivers waiting to pick up passengers are encouraged to use the free and conveniently located Cell Phone Waiting Lot (3401 N. Lakewood Blvd.) at the entrance to the Airport.
- Self-parking is available in Structure A and B and valet service is conveniently located at 4137 Donald Douglas Drive.
- Accessibility information to help travelers with mobility challenges is available on the LGB website.
- Travelers with pets and service animals should note the location of the relief area north of the terminal and check their airline’s policies for traveling with animals in advance.
- Packing properly can facilitate the screening process, so visit the Transportation Security Administration's What Can I Bring? website for details.
And, once inside the airport, you can share a bit of holiday cheer by enjoying live musical performances by local artists on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons as part of the LGB Live! seasonal music series.