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”.