Situated in California, Long Beach Airport has unveiled its new ticketing lobby and checked baggage inspection system (CBIS). The two projects are part of a wider $110m Terminal Area Improvement Programme to make strategic pre-security enhancements at the regional hub.

Mayor Robert Garcia explained that the new facilities will provide an even better experience for passengers. “These two projects reflect a $52m investment in our airport’s infrastructure, funded from airport revenue and federal grant funding.”

Designed by Corgan and constructed by Swinerton, the ticketing lobby, which officially opened on 4 May, complements the adjacent historic terminal and builds on the airport’s status as a first-class gateway to Southern California. Features of the 16,700-sq.ft facility include common use ticket counters and self-service kiosks, non-porous, anti-microbial surfaces, ample space for improved passenger circulation, improved baggage checking and optimised energy performance, LED lighting and reduced indoor and outdoor water usage.

Meanwhile, the state-of-the-art CBIS facility, which is connected to the ticketing lobby, allows the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to more efficiently screen checked baggage. It replaces what was originally designed to be an interim facility after 9/11.

These two latest projects are the first two components of Phase II of the Terminal Area Improvement Programme. A baggage claim facility is currently under construction and is expected to be complete before the end of 2022. Phase I of the Terminal Improvement Programme was completed in 2012 and included a passenger concourse featuring modern design, local eateries and an innovative outdoor design with a spacious post-security garden.

Commenting on the latest development projects for the nearly 100-year-old air transport hub, Airport Director, Cynthia Guidry said:”I am honoured to now contribute significant modernisation projects to the airport’s rich aviation history. This renews the passenger experience and positions Long Beach Airport for the future.”

The airport’s historic terminal building is also due to undergo major renovations.

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