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Long Beach Airport

It is an international airport located a few kilometers from the central business district of Long Beach City. It is located in the county of Loss Angeles, State of California in the United States. It also serves Orange County besides Loss Angeles County. It was initially known as Long Beach Municipal Airport. Comparatively, it is a small airport, and its managers are not planning to expand it soon to reduce or to limit the noise caused by airplanes taking on and off. Therefore, it has very little passenger service in comparison to the neighbouring Los Angeles International airport. It is under the category of primary support airports (Young & Wells, 2011).


Long beach is located near an airport in California. According to its name, it is open that the airport’s development is closely related to the geographical location as well as appearance of the beach. The first plane to land in the beach in 1911 was flown by Calbraith Perry Rodgers. From that year, several planes continued to utilize the beach as a runway. Due to the potentiality of the beach to serve as an airport, the long beach city council decided to set aside 150 acres of land at a place next to the intersection of the Cherry and Spring Streets for use as airfield. The airport was first named as Daugherty Field after one of the pioneer aviators in the area, Earl S. Daugherty. Daugherty Field airport received its first lease for operators in 1925, April. Two years later, it was expanded to 500 acres covering a large piece of land along the beach. It later changed its name to Long Beach Airport after the expansion(Young & Wells, 2011).


As mentioned earlier, Long Beach Airport is a publicly owned property. It is owned by the city of Long Beach, which is also responsible for the employment of the airport operators and managers. The profits earned in the lucrative business are used in its operations, expansions and developing other parts of the Long Beach Town like the tourist destinations to gain more income.


The Overall Manager of the Long Beach Airport is Mario Rodriguez. System Operations Manager is Fred Pena. These individuals and other managers in various departments are chosen after going through the common procedures of short listing and interviewing. The interviewers are normally interested in knowing the ability of their candidates as far as their academic and social abilities are concerned. Most of them have completed their second degree in courses like Urban Development, Management and Aviation technology (Bjork, 2000).

d) Type of operations

The airport has a control tower. The control tower has an aircraft control unit, which controls movements of aircrafts on and around the airport. This ensures that the operation is effective, and no aircraft accidents occur (Costello, 2010). Its Air Root Traffic Control Center is at Los Angeles. It is responsible for controlling and regulation of the instrument flight rules. Its Flight Service Station is Hawthrorne. This ensures that the airport pilots get the necessary information before they start or end their journey at the airport. The airport is open to any public individual is wishing to travel. The attendance by the airport authorities and personnel is continuous.

e)      Based aircraft

Long Beach is a destination for various airplanes among them is Boeing. The Airport site is a component of the great Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It produces 717 type twinjet. The Long Beach Airplane site and the Long Beach Airport merged in the later years after the formation of the Airplane Site. The result of this is evident even today as many of the aircrafts operating in the airport are from the company. There are other aircrafts operating in the airport, as well. However, according to aircraft make, there is a variety of aircrafts operating daily in the airport. There are helicopters, multiengine airplanes, single engine airplanes and jet airplanes (Hillburg & Grobaty, 2000).

f)Terminal size

The Long Beach Airport has a small and single terminal airport. It has a streamline, architectural modern style. It acts as a historical landmark. However, the size of the terminal has been a question to several people who believe that the size is too small to accommodate the increasing demand of travelers (Brooks & Cullinane, 2006). More plans are in progress to ensure modernization of the passenger terminals. Among other goals in the plans are improving parking structures, addition of parking positions for new aircrafts and improving airside movements in the airport. The airport currently accommodates less than 3.5 million passengers. According to plan, it will accommodate about 4.2 million passengers (Poole, 2010).

g)Runway configuration

There are two major runway configurations among the five existing ones in the Airport. The first one is Runway 12/30 measuring 10000feet by 200 feet/3048m by 61m. It has a grooved surface with good conditions. Its weight bearing capacities is double wheel (200.0), single wheel (30.00) and double tandem (300.0). The second Runway is 7L/25R. Its dimension is 6192feet by 150 feet/1887m by 46m. It has porous and friction courses. Its single wheel is 30.0; double tandem is 110.0 and double is 70.0.

h)Air Traffic Control Tower hours of operations

The control tower operates full time (24hours) ensuring that the movements of any plane landing or taking off is well monitored to avoid any occurrence of an accident. However, there are times when the operation of the Air Trafic Control hours is less than 24 hours. In that case, it only operates on specific times when planes are scheduled to land or to departure.

i)Air carriers

Just like other well-known airports, Long Beach Airport has air carriers, which functions in the provision of required security within the airport. The air carriers available at the airport deploy and recover aircraft without necessarily using local base means of staging aircraft operations.Thus, any aircraft from the airport does not easily get lost.


The commercial operation of the airport is approximately 26000 customers annually. The air taxi operation is 8000 annually. Itinerant operation is 150,000 customers annually. Finally, military operation is 850 customers annually.

k)Financial Performance

According to the latest available financial record, landing fee for the company was $4,420,115. The terminal fees were $240,608. Tie downs or Apron charges were $3,457,594. The Company’s FBO (Federal Business Opportunity) revenue was Contract / Sponsor-operated, and it amounted to $5,459,452. The fuel sales had a net profit or loss/ fuel flowage fees amounted to $285,089, miscellaneous expenditure were $16,900. The unspecified spent amount was $287,875. The total amount summed up to $14,167,633. The company has realized a profit of more than $102millionover the past two financial years Young &Wells, 2011).

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