Delta breaks ground at LaGuardia

09 August 2017
Rendering of the new-look LaGuardia Airport in New York. Source: HOK

A USD4 billion redevelopment project at New York LaGuardia Airport passed a milestone on 8 August 2017, with a groundbreaking ceremony by Delta Air Lines at Terminal C.

In its largest airport investment to date, Delta is unifying Terminals C and D at LaGuardia into a single facility with 37 gates.

A major overhaul is also under way in Terminal B (also known as the Central Terminal Building), as LaGuardia faces capacity saturation amid record demand. The New York airport – a major domestic hub in the United States – handled 29.8 million passengers (a year-on-year increase of 4.93%) and 369,987 aircraft movements in 2016.

Terminal B opened in 1964 and was modernised in the 1990s to result in a four-storey central section, two three-storey wings, and four concourses with a total of 35 contact gates.

In June 2015 the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), the airport operator, selected the LaGuardia Gateway Partners consortium to build and run a new Terminal B and Central Hall at LaGuardia in a public-private partnership. While the overall number of gates remains the same, the new Terminal B will increase in surface area from 835,000 ft2 to 1.31 million ft2, to process up to 17.5 million passengers per year (more than double the capacity of the previous building). The frontage will consist of three levels compared with two today, and one of the levels will be for high-occupancy vehicles such as taxis.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners includes Vantage Airport Group (formerly a subsidiary of the Vancouver Airport Authority), Skanska USA, and Meridiam for development and equity investment; and Skanska and Walsh Construction as the construction joint venture (JV). Vantage Airport Group is also responsible for operational management.

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