Long Beach, California 2021-11-22 17:38:16 –
Long Beach Airport officials are preparing for a busy Thanksgiving week, expecting five times as many passengers as last year.
From Monday to Sunday, Long Beach has about 86,000 scheduled flights, of which airport personnel expect to be full, about 75%.
The expected increase in passenger numbers will contribute to the continued recovery of the airport from the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of the public health crisis, traffic through Long Beach Airport was reduced by 98%. Passenger numbers have increased significantly since then, but are 30-40% below pre-pandemic levels in recent months. However, Thanksgiving week forecasts are only 10% lower than the same week in 2019.
“These travel estimates show that our economy and the strong economic recovery at Long Beach Airport are underway,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement.
Long Beach Airport officials expect strong demand to continue until early January throughout the holiday season.
Airport Director Cynthia Guidley said the appeal of the Long Beach facility, especially during the stressful holiday season, is that it provides a more relaxing experience than at other airports.
“We are famous for the laid-back experience that makes us very attractive during the holiday rush,” she said in a statement. “We are confident that even on the busiest travel day of the year, we can offer a stress-free experience in the outdoor fire pit, including your favorite drink.”