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    Sept. 13, 4 p.m.: LB Airport Update, Important Traveler/User Info

    (Sept. 13, 2001) -- LB Airport provided the following update for public dissemination to shortly after 4 p.m. today:

    At 7:00 a.m. the Long Beach Airport (LGB) was given clearance by the FAA to resume Commercial (air carriers) flight operations. The FAA accepted the Long Beach Airport's modified Security Plan, which was submitted on Sept. 12th.

    Law enforcement and military helicopters are authorized to continue service

    General Aviation service, which includes Media helicopters, has NOT been restored.

    Limited service provided by aircraft operating under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 135 (Air Taxi operators) is being allowed.

    Three noncommercial flights, transporting goods and supplies to Catalina, were approved and have occurred. The first flight was at approx. 7:30 a.m.

    America West, Flt. 7, to Phoenix, AZ. Departed on time (12:35 p.m.)

    Airline flight Schedule for Thursday, September 13th:

    - American Airlines, NO flights are scheduled out of Long Beach. American will be repositioning airplanes and staff throughout the day. Normal flight service is tentatively scheduled to resume on Friday, Sept. 14th.

    -America West, two departures, 12:35 p.m. and 6:02 p.m. and two arrivals, 5:24 p.m. and Normal flight service is tentatively scheduled to resume on Friday, Sept. 14th.

    -JetBlue Airways, scheduled to resume limited service. One inbound flight arriving at 8:55 p.m., and one departure at 9:40 p.m. Normal flight service is tentatively scheduled to resume on Friday, Sept. 14th.

    On September 12, 2001, the FAA issued Civil Aviation Security Emergency Amendment (EA) 107-01-01, which required heightened security measures at all airports.

    In response to the Security Amendment, the Long Beach Airport has implemented the following heightened security measures:

  • Increased presence and patrols by Airport Security Officers and the Long Beach Police Department.
  • Curbside luggage check-in has been discontinued.
  • All passengers must check in at the ticket counter first.
  • Only ticketed passengers in possession of boarding passes will be allowed in the passenger boarding area.
  • Unattended vehicles, within 300 feet of the terminal, will be immediately towed.
  • Only immediate loading and unloading of vehicles will be allowed in front of the terminal. Parking in front of the terminal will not be allowed.
  • All unattended luggage or packages will be removed immediately.
  • Parking in the parking structure may be limited.
  • Parking will be available in the Short Term Parking lot, the overflow parking lot and the Park-N-Walk lot. These lots are accessible from Donald Douglas Drive.
  • Passenger screening has been intensified. Passengers maybe subject to random identification checks.
  • The balcony located on the second floor of the Airport terminal has been closed to the public.

    Due to the increased security measures, Long Beach Airport airline passengers are advised as follows:

    Airline service will not resume until after the FAA has given clearance, please check with your airline on flight arrivals and departures prior to coming to the airport.

    -American Airlines - or 1(800) 245-0999

    -America West - or 1(800) 235-9292

    -JetBlue Airways - or 1(800) 538-2583

    Arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure time.

    Expect longer lines at the ticket counter and security checkpoints.

    Keep all luggage in your possession at all times.

    All of the rental car providers are operational. However, there may be some delays due to the increased demand and the relocation of the rental vehicles to the Airport's remote parking lot

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