As a business traveler, there’s something wonderful about departing from, connecting through or arriving at a familiar airport. You know the fastest security lines, the best restaurants and the cleanest restrooms — getting around is easy.
But travelers familiar with New York City’s LaGuardia are going to have an unfamiliar experience next time they visit the Queens airport. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the $8 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia enters a new phase, and 6 airlines will move terminals to accommodate construction and streamline passenger travel.
Here’s a look at the airlines that are moving, where they’re going, and what this means for business travelers.
The 6 Airlines Changing Terminals
The redevelopment of LaGuardia includes a number of key stakeholders, including New York’s Port Authority and the airlines that use LaGuardia. The Port Authority and 6 of LaGuardia’s tenant airlines have hammered out an agreement on short-term terminal changes to help accommodate the redevelopment and make travel more efficient for passengers. Here’s a look at the changes being implemented this month:
- American will move all operations to Terminal B (ending operations at Terminal C)
- Delta will move all operations to Terminals C and D (ending operations at Terminal A)
- JetBlue will move all operations to Terminal A (ending operations at Terminal B)
- Alaska will move all operations to Terminal A (ending operations at Terminal B)
- Frontier will move all operations to Terminal D, though departing passengers check in at Terminal C (ending operations at Terminal B)
- Spirit will move all operations to Terminal D, though departing passengers check in at Terminal C (ending operations at Terminal B)
Here’s the official press release from The Port Authority
Why is LaGuardia Undergoing Redevelopment?
These terminal changes are just a small part of huge changes taking place at LaGuardia. The $8 billion project is an attempt to transform the nearly 80-year-old airport into a modern facility that meets the needs of both airlines and the travelers they serve.
New York’s Port Authority and LaGuardia Gateway Partners are part of a $4 billion public-private partnership that will fully replace aging Terminal B. As you can see from the terminal changes above, JetBlue, Alaska, Frontier and Spirit are all abandoning Terminal B to make way for this work.
Once complete, the redeveloped Terminal B will span 1.3 million square feet and include 35 gates. LaGuardia Gateway Partners promises the new Terminal B will “offer best-in-class retail, food, beverage, and amenities that will more than double current offerings.” The new terminal will also feature two first-of-their-kind pedestrian bridges that will connect to LaGuardia’s concourses, providing passengers the unique experience of actually walking over taxiing aircraft.
As part of LaGuardia’s overall redevelopment, Delta will also invest $3.4 billion to replace Terminals C and D. New York’s Port Authority has pledged $600 million to help cover project costs, as well as costs related to the development of supporting infrastructure.
JTB Business Travel: Helping You Navigate LaGuardia
Just when you think you have an airport figured out, it starts an $8 billion redevelopment project. At JTB Business Travel, we’re here to help companies and their business travelers that rely on LaGuardia. As a comprehensive business travel agency, we offer resources, tools and insights that can help you navigate an under-construction LaGuardia (or find alternatives) without disrupting your itineraries or your important work.
Contact us today about your corporate travel needs.