More upgrades are on the horizon for Long Beach Airport, according to an announcement today by the City of Long Beach.

On March 15, Long Beach Airport staff unveiled plans for a new set of "Terminal-related improvements to enhance the customer experience."

The first phase of upgrades, completed in 2012, added a new passenger concourse, TSA screening facility, and four-level parking structures.  The second phase of the project calls for renovations to simplify pre-security check-ins, a rehabilitation of the historic terminal, and streamlined pedestrian and vehicular access.

This includes relocating an existing rental car return area to the north side of the terminal area, as well the construction of a new baggage claim, concession area, and ticketing lobby near the historic terminal.  Plans also call for expanding and renovating an existing courtyard.

Project costs are estimated between $65 million and $75 million.

Following approval by the Long Beach Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Commission and City Council, the upgrades can begin construction, with a targeted completion date of Fall 2021.