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New York LaGuardia Airport to get $4 billion overhaul

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Jul 29, 2015

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New York LaGuardia Airport to get $4 billion overhaul
Mark Nensel
Jul 29, 2015

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, accompanied by VP Joseph Biden, has revealed designs for the complete overhaul of New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Infamously derided by Biden as a “third world country” airport, the new LaGuardia will feature a single, structurally unified main terminal, eliminating the airport’s current configuration of four widely separated terminals.

Construction on the first half of the new terminal will commence upon final approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH) board of directors, which Cuomo expects to be granted by mid-2016; the first half is projected to be open for customers in 2019 and full completion is scheduled for approximately 18 months later, in 2021.

$4 billion price tag

The price tag for the first half of the new terminal is projected to be $4 billion. The second half of the new terminal is expected to be redeveloped by Delta Air Lines, which will redevelop its terminals C and D on a parallel track with the PATH-backed project.

Construction on the first half of the unified terminal will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), a public-private partnership that will maintain the new terminal as part of a 35-year lease (Vancouver-based airport investment and management company Vantage Airport Group is among the LGP consortium members).

A 21st century airport

“We are transforming LaGuardia into a globally renowned, 21st century airport that is worthy of the city and state of New York,” Cuomo said.

“[Governor Cuomo’s] reconstruction plan … will transform not only the New York City travel experience but also the landscape of the city itself,” Delta Air Lines president Ed Bastian said. “Delta has invested more than $2 billion in infrastructure upgrades and passenger enhancements at our hubs at LaGuardia and JFK … we look forward to working in partnership with the governor’s design commission on a comprehensive and complementary redevelopment plan that realizes our mutual goals and benefits all New York passengers.”

A unified terminal

To achieve the unified terminal, the existing Terminal B building, operated by PATH and originally opened in 1964, will be demolished and replaced with a larger structure that will link to Delta’s C and D terminals and will include a new central arrivals and departures hall amidst “appealing and significant terminal architecture with high ceilings, expansive natural lighting and openness, designed so passengers intuitively understand the airport’s layout,” as envisioned in the report created by Cuomo’s appointed Airport Advisory Panel.

By moving the terminal closer to the adjacent Grand Central Parkway and with the creation of new island-gate features in which passengers access their gates from the main terminal via raised pedestrian bridges high enough for aircraft to taxi beneath, the new layout will create nearly two miles of additional aircraft taxiways, according to the panel’s report.

Easier transfers

Among other features of the redesign: a future AirTrain terminal will be incorporated, with the intention of creating a rail line from LaGuardia to Mets-Willet Point, allowing transfers to the Long Island Rail Road and New York City subway’s No. 7 line; a tram, monorail or Airport People Mover within the unified terminal, which would also connect passengers to the Marine Air Terminal (Terminal A), currently located a mile from the main airport on Bowery Bay off the East River; ferry service accessing the Marine Air Terminal and possibly LaGuardia’s east end, off Flushing Bay; and overall elevation of the airport’s critical infrastructure to keep the complex operational in the event of future storm surges and flooding.

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