|The art deco main terminal at Long Beach, built in 1941|
Located on the 405 Freeway, Long Beach Airport (LGB) sits in the middle of two major airports, John Wayne/Orange County (SNA) and Los Angeles International (LAX). For the people near LGB, either SNA or LAX are a 30 minute drive away. Because of that, the airport has struggled with airline service over the years. However, its low fares and convenience have led to recent success and popularity.
The airport prospered in the 1980s after deregulation. Most of the major airlines of the time served LGB; Alaska, America West, American, Continental, Delta, TWA, United, and US Air. However, after industry consolidation, the debt-ridden airlines began to eliminate service and LGB was causality. Through much of the 90s, America West was the only major airline serving LGB.
|An American MD80 with 737-300s from Delta and United.|