$4 billion investment to transform LaGuardia Airport into a ‘globally renowned’ hub

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The redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport is scheduled to start in 2016 and is expected to continue until 2021. The airport will remain operational throughout the project.

New York’s LaGuardia Airport, frequently ranked in customer surveys as one of the worst in the US, will be completely rebuilt in a wide-reaching $4 billion redevelopment programme designed to improve operations and the passenger experience. Work is scheduled to start in 2016 and the first redesigned section of the airport is expected to open in 2019.

According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the much-needed major investment is being made because the current airport is “slow, it’s dated, (and) it has a terrible front-door entrance way to New York”. He added: “We are transforming LaGuardia into a globally-renowned, 21st century airport that is worthy of the city and state of New York.”

In addition to revamping the terminal facilities, 3.2 kilometres of new taxiways will be created by moving the terminals 180 metres closer to the Grand Central Parkway, which will help to tackle the delays often experienced at the airport.

The project will also include improving public transport links – including an air train and high-speed ferry services – to and from the airport.

Cuomo says Delta Air Lines, which operates Terminals C and D and will help to fund the project, firmly supports the vision of creating a “single unified terminal”.

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    LaGuardia airport update of terminals is just “lipstick on a pig” that will give better amenities in the terminals, some relief on ground transportation access, and absolutely nothing for the prime reason of an airport, i.e. airplanes to and fro carrying passengers to and fro destinations in a timely manner and enhancing ATC safe control.

    It does “0” for enhancing airline travel. First and foremost, the airport should be closed since Newark, JFK and better utilization of Stewart would quickly absorb all the passenger traffic that flow in and out of LaGuardia, plus, it would be of great benefit to NY TRACON (ATC) eliminating such aircraft traffic in one of the most dense ATC regions in the world.

    The layout of the two runways, 7000 ft each, with an intersection about the 2/3 point so traffic landing on 31 and 4 use maximum braking and reverse thrust not to go through the intersection which cuts down on taxi to terminal time by a significant amount…but wears out brakes far faster than normal; effectively operating on runways that are “shortened” through this kind of operation.

    Next is the lack of a precision Instrument landing ILS on R31; the recent Delta airline accident where the MD80 skidded left off the midway point of R13, coming off the precision ILS at minimums due to snowfall and encountering a runway with thin ice plus a thin layer of snow, executing the approach with a quartering tail wind…need not have happened if the opposite R31 had a full ILS instead of a non-precision approach instrument system.

    Luckily, the aircraft spun off to the left; had it spun to the right, it would have entered the path of taxiing aircraft or even reached the terminals.

    Now this “improvement’ will move the terminals further away…good move, well planned, just keep the taxiing aircraft as the target…less casualties as a unintended target.

    Nothing in this proposal envision lengthening the runways, yet there is a effort to have traffic departing LGA to fly further distances…more fuel load, heavier aircraft means longer take-off distance or, less passengers. That’s service?

    This “improvement” is nothing but politics and a waste of money.