Major renovations at LaGuardia

LaGuardia Airport has opened the first new gates built during its $8 billion (R109bn) renovation. The concourse and 18 gates in Terminal B, will be occupied by Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

The new concourse has 17m-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. It includes an indoor park with benches, landscaping and trees. Charging stations and free, unlimited WiFi will enable passengers to stay connected while they wait.

Concession stands provide passengers with a variety of dining options while they wait, including popular restaurants like Shake Shack, La Chula and Irving Farm Coffee, and also give the option of having food delivered directly to passengers’ gate. Retail options include an independent bookstore and District Market.

The renovations, which began in 2016, will see a new airport constructed over the next three years. On the western side of the airport, Terminal B will replace an obsolete terminal opened more than 50 years ago. The new terminal will have 35 gates and dual pedestrian bridges over the taxi lanes. In February, a new parking lot with 3 200 spaces and a dedicated level for Uber, Lyft and other car services was opened.

Delta Air Lines’ new Terminal C, which broke ground in August 2017, will comprise 37 gates and will replace the existing Terminals C and D.

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