|(May 9, 2018, 2:55 p.m.) -- During portions of an upcoming eight day period (dates/hours below), all aircraft using Long Beach Airport -- large commercial jets, charter jets, small planes -- will use only a single LGB runway -- Runway 25R/7L -- for all take-offs and landings. Runway 25R aligns roughly with 37th St. in Cal Hts for take-offs, and between Wardlow Rd. and Conant St. for approaches/landings. (The same runway is designated 7L when used in the opposite direction during reversed winds/"Santa Ana" wind conditons.)
The single runway operation results from needed rehabilitation of main runway 30/12 (the long diagonal runway) that [LB Airport text] "was identified during a recent Federal Aviation Administration annual inspection and has since been monitored. Airport Engineering staff have determined it is vital to initiate these repairs now, as runway fitness is one of the LGB's obligations as a FAR Part 139 airport and as required by FAA Grant Assurances to maintain safe and serviceable movement areas."
This coincides with ongoing reconstruction of Runway 25L (aligns roughly with Mezzanine Ave/32nd St.) which began in January 2018 and is scheduled to end in late July 2018.)
That will leave only Runway 25R operable during the periods below:
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Runway open from Friday, May 18 at 2 p.m. - Monday, May 21 at 10 p.m.
A map showing the areas affected is at this link.
LB Airport spokesperson Marlene Arrona tells LBREPORT.com that local air traffic control (FAA) plans to restrict General Aviation (private, small plane) flight training pattern work during these periods but all other take-offs/landings will be on 25R/7L, Ms. Arrona says residents may notice a change in aircraft flight activity but (in response to our inquiry) says there's no additional risk from the single-runway operation during the time periods above.
"After consultation with affected tenants -- including commercial carriers most impacted by the project -- the FAA, and contractors, and in consideration of the potential community noise impacts, the Airport has determined the most effective and least impactful approach is to conduct the construction as scheduled. Under the schedule proposed, Airport’s secondary runway (7L-25R) is a safe and efficient alternative during the temporary closure of the main runway."
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