In a recent listing by BBC, Long Beach Airport (LGB) was named one of the world’s ten most beautiful airports.
Noting the 1941 art deco building designed by W. Horace Austin and Kenneth Wing Sr., BBC hailed LGB’s “Bogart-Bacall-era Hollywood charm.”
“What Long Beach does so enchantingly well is to offer a relaxed and gracious alternative, at least for domestic flights, to LAX–Los Angeles International Airport–its mighty, and often mightily confusing, neighbour, 18 miles north,” the article said. “The Art Deco terminal has been well looked after and, indeed, during the new works carried out in 2012, a number of enchanting mosaics depicting seabirds, ships, an oil well and a hand dialing a telephone among others, were found hidden under layers of well worn carpet.”
The list is impressively exhaustive, spanning Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Africa, South America and Australia were snubbed—what? No Marrakech Menara Airport in Morocco? Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt?
Joining LGB are airports from Hong Kong, Uruguay, Italy, Scotland, Japan, France, Georgia (the country, not the US state), and Saudi Arabia (which scored two on the list: the Hajj Terminal at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddha and Dammam King Fahd International Airport in Dammam).