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Long Beach Airport Gets a Chill-out Fire Pit and More Reasons to Skip LAX

December 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM | by | ()

There’s plenty of airports from which to choose when you’re flying into Southern California, but there’s only one that recently took the bandages off as part of a comprehensive nip and tuck. Long Beach Airport opened back up last week, and we’ve got to say—at least from the pictures—that it looks better than ever.

The whole renovation was a good ten years in the making, and the new concourse cost around $45 million, so it’s not really surprising that they got it right with that much spending and that much time. The Los Angeles Times gets into some of the details that set the airport apart, and allow it to show off a little bit of California cool. For example, they’ve got a fire pit and lounge chairs within the new terminal, and there are plenty of local restaurants offering up more than just the regular airport cuisine. There’s even an iPad setup thing that gives flyers a little on-the-run access to email, news, and even some online ordering.

Free WiFi access and plenty of seating is a way better option than what used to be the norm for passengers heading in and out of LGB. The new concourse replaces a pair of what the airport calls “temporary holdrooms,” as that’s where passengers used to pass their time before hopping aboard their flights. One of the other neat features is that there aren’t any jet bridges here. Sure you’ve got to climb some stairs to get on your flight, but with all that California sun it’s probably worth it.

So if your 2013 travels will find you in the Long Beach area it might be worth it to fly right into LGB. Sorry we're not sorry, LAX.

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