LaGuardia Airport in New York has opened its second light-filled concourse, as well as seven new gates, at Terminal B as part of its ongoing $8bn transformation project.

The first seven new gates in the new Western Concourse will be activated from next week, welcoming more travellers through the airport’s Terminal B.

The new concourse includes an indoor park, touchless restrooms, and various other amenities. It will mainly serve American Airlines and will house the future American Airlines Admirals Club.

Commenting on the new development, New York Governor Cuomo said: “With the opening of this new concourse, LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B is hitting two major milestones in one summer and moving closer to its full transformation into a 21st century travel facility.

“LaGuardia Airport is going to be the first new airport in the United States in 25 years, and we’re building it while still operating the old airport. Travellers coming to New York should expect nothing less than a world-class experience, and that is what we are delivering with this modernisation project.”

The $5.1bn LaGuardia Terminal B project includes a new 35-gate terminal, a Central Hall, a parking garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure.

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Last month, the airport opened an 850,000ft² Arrivals and Departures Hall with new concessions and traveller amenities. It offers increased space for passengers to move more safely and efficiently during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The demolition of the original terminal and the opening of the remaining gates of the concourses are expected to continue through 2022.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners CEO Stewart Steeves said: “The opening of the Western Concourse is yet another milestone that we’re proud to have completed in the overall redevelopment of Terminal B. We’re grateful to our partners for helping us create a brand new Terminal B that combines excellent service for passengers with innovative and sustainable design.”