From DLBA President and CEO, Kraig Kojian

Serving as long-time advocates for job-creation and economic development for Long Beach, it should come to no surprise that the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) endorses the proposed Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility at the Long Beach Airport (LGB), which would support international flights.

With the Long Beach City Council set to vote on this agenda item (No. 7) tonight, DLBA’s support of the FIS facility is based on the positive economic impact it is projected to produce while at the same time, not effecting the standards LGB is currently mandated to comply with.

LGB operates under a municipal ordinance that limits flights and restricts noise, neither of which would be altered or revised because of this proposed facility. Conversely, any new flights (equipment) introduced to replace some existing domestic flights may utilize advanced technology that produces less noise.

In addition, the following are highlights presented for your review from a feasibility study published by the Jacobs Engineering Group on the proposed facility:

  • The construction of the FIS facility alone, would generate financial output valued from $31 – $38 million and create 203-253 jobs
  • Employment by LGB, air carriers, government, and businesses supporting the operation of international flights and the FIS facility would generate a total economic impact of over 350 new employees and more than $36.4 million to the region annually
  • The potential additional economic expenditures resulting from international travelers over the first five years ranges from $57 million to $104 million.
  • Business and tourist travel impacts are estimated to result in an increase of approximately 1,400 jobs with a total economic value of $185.6 million by year five following the opening of the potential FIS facility
  • The demand for international flights in Southern California has grown by 30% from 2010 to 2015 – strong enough to convert up to eight domestic flights from Long Beach Airport to international flights within five years

The entire report and full study can be accessed by clicking here.

The City Council meeting is held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 333 West Ocean Blvd and begins at 5 pm.