Delta’s gleaming, $4 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot Terminal C will begin flights on Saturday, June 4, through nine of 37 new gates. Delta, LaGuardia’s largest carrier, operates 255 flights a day to 70 cities this summer.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul hasn’t forgotten Biden’s previous assessment. “Come see this, President Biden, because your jaw will drop,” Hochul said at the grand opening.
Popular Manhattan restaurant Bubby’s has opened an outpost in LaGuardia.
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Rick Cotton, chief executive of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said LaGuardia has gone from “the most hated airport in the country” to a world-class facility.
Airlines provided about two-thirds of the cost, New York said, with about $3.4 billion provided by Delta.
American Airlines opened a new arrivals and departures hall at LaGuardia Terminal B in 2020. In January, a $4 billion terminal renovation project was completed.
People walk through Delta Airlines’ newly built $4 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport.
In 2017, New York and Delta began merging Terminals C and D into a single terminal with four concourses and a centralized departure and arrival hall. The terminal is decked out with high-tech artwork, electrical outlets in all seats, and trendy new restaurants.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that in 2017, “it was the biggest investment decision” in the airline’s history. He added that Delta is investing more than $6 billion in New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports.
The new LaGuardia terminal includes Delta’s largest airport lounge, the 34,000-square-foot Sky Club with panoramic views that, when completed, can accommodate nearly 600 people.
In 2021, LaGuardia was the 25th busiest airport in the United States with 7.8 million passengers. The New York area, with three major airports, is the busiest airspace in the United States.
Airlines are predicting record travel demand this summer as Americans who delayed travel during COVID-19 return to the skies.
Top image: Check-in kiosks await travelers in the ticketing area of Delta Airlines’ new $4 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters