Starting in November, travelers out of Long Beach can fly non-stop to Austin and Phoenix on Southwest Airlines.
It’s because the Long Beach Airport has temporarily closed its main commercial runway for construction that will update the geometry of the taxiway to meet current federal design standards.
The City Council approved work for a fraction of the proposed $80 million in improvements that were voted on in 2018 to overhaul the public areas of Long Beach Airport.
Facial coverings, which should cover an individual’s nose and mouth, include bandanas, neck gaiters or cloth masks with ties or straps.
Southwest has slowly grown its presence at Long Beach since beginning with four daily flights in June 2016. It now has 17 daily flight slots.
Southwest Airlines and Delta Airlines just secured new flight slots at Long Beach Airport, but they’re also among the nation’s largest airlines asking for a $50 billion bailout from the federal government.
That dollar figure amounts to a $6,000 fine for each time Mesa Airlines admitted to breaking Long Beach Airport’s strict noise rules that bar commercial planes from using the airport too late at night or too early in the morning.
The Long Beach Airport has started a new pilot-program that could bring magicians, sand sculpters and basketball hoops inside the concourse to make traveling fun again.
Most of the improvements are expected to be completed by 2022
The project was originally estimated to cost $58 million but it could now cost as much as $110 million when accounting for contingencies and soft costs.