Last Friday, New York celebrated the official interior completion of the $4 billion Terminal B in LGA Airport as part of the LaGuardia Redevelopment Project.
The project has been underway since 2015 to turn LGA into a world-class experience for travelers. The $8 billion project has made steady progress over the past six years, and has since received UNESCO’s Prix Versailles award this past December for its Terminal B that first opened to the public in June 2020.
The blue-ribbon panel consisting of international architects praised the terminals new features including:
- 1.35 million square feet of new terminal facilities
- Dual pedestrian skybridges
- 35 gates
- A 3,000-car parking garage
- A new covered, convenient pickup facilities for both taxis and ride-sharing vehicles
- Numerous dining experiences
- Art & amenities
“The completion of this $4 billion project will help provide a brand new passenger experience for everyone traveling through Terminal B, easing connections and creating lasting impressions,” shared Governor Kathy Hochul.
LGA has long been bashed for its out-of-date construction and underwhelming amenities for such a world-class city, yet after the Redevelopment Project, it’s looking like LGA is finally turning into the airport worthy of our city and state.
“From a passenger point of view, the old LaGuardia is no more. We have gone from worst to best, something no one thought was possible when this project began. Terminal B creates a top-of-the-line passenger experience and does so in the context of world-class architecture, inspiring public art and notable, iconic, locally inspired concessions,” stated Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.
One of the most “critical feature[s] in the design of the new terminal” is the two pedestrian bridges that add two extra miles of taxiway space, thus minimizing travel delays and access to gates. Passengers have been able to use the eastern skybridge since 2020, and planes will now be able to taxi under the western skybridge by summer 2022. The skybridges span 482 feet long and 60 feet high.
According to the recent press release, though the interior of Terminal B has been completed, a small section of the old Central Terminal Building will no longer be in service. Demolition on said portion is expected to be complete by spring 2022.
LGA, once known as the nation’s worst airport is now crossing incredible milestones to becoming an airport that NYC deserves.