LaGuardia Airport’s much-anticipated overhaul is scheduled to begin this summer. The plan, announced by Governor Cuomo last year, will include a complete rebirth of the airport’s Central Terminal Building. The $4 billion project will see the parking garage in front of the Central Terminal demolished to make way for a new 1.3 million-square-foot building with pedestrian bridges to allow for “improved airline circulation and gate flexibility” for passengers.
The overhaul is a collaboration between Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a public-private partnership. The project will also work with airport operator Vantage Airport Group, investment company Meridiam and construction firm Skanska. LaGuardia Gateway Partners announced last week that plan had been finalized and that construction is slated to begin over the summer.
The focus of the massive project is to create an airport design that is more efficient for passenger flow. The Central Terminal is widely known for its tragically long delays made worse by the fact that passengers have a difficult time getting from one end to the other.
According to the initial designs, the completed building will be closer to the freeway, opening up additional space for an additional two miles of taxiways. As for the interior, the new renderings show a spacious grand entryway and ample retail space.