New York Unveils Billion Dollar Overhaul Of LaGuardia Airport

It’s out with the old and in with the new at New York’s LaGuardia Airport… well, in four years, that is.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today unveiled a multi-billion dollar overhaul of the aging airport in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Delta Air Lines, the Associated Press reports.

The plan, which must still receive final approval, would include a complete tear down of the existing Central Terminal Building and a move to position the airport closer to the Grand Central Parkway.

The $4 million first phase of the overhaul – which also includes the consolidation from four terminals to one and a connection to the city’s subway system – is expected to begin next year, with partial reopening to passengers slated for 2019 and final completion in 2021.

Cuomo says the first part of the overhaul would relieve space constraints for aircraft taxiing to and from gates by adding about two miles of new taxiways.

Additionally, the completed 35-gate facility will include more restaurants, stores, larger gate areas and a system of raised pedestrian walkways.

“This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time. And now we’re going to get it,” Cuomo said.

Bloomberg reports that Delta’s contribution to the project includes the redevelopment of two terminals. Cuomo did not specify how much the second phase would cost or when it would open to the public.

“The initiatives announced today are aligned with our ongoing commitment to providing an exceptional experience for anyone traveling through New York for business or pleasure,” Ed Bastian, president of Delta, said in a statement.

New York Gov. Cuomo Announces New LaGuardia Airport [The Associated Press]
‘Third World’ LaGuardia to Be Built Anew With Delta’s Help [Bloomberg]

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