New York state in the US has announced the completion of new passenger facilities at LaGuardia Airport’s (LGA) Terminal B.
The completion marks a major milestone in the terminal’s $4bn transformation.
The completion and opening of the facilities were officially announced in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York and New Jersey executive director Rick Cotton, LaGuardia Gateway Partners CEO Frank Scremin and other officials.
According to a statement, the facilities that were opened include LaGuardia Terminal B’s western skybridge and Terminal B’s second concourse in December.
The opening will enable every arriving and departing passenger at Terminal B will experience new facilities from gate to curb.
It also makes LaGuardia the first airport in the world with dual pedestrian skybridges.
Governor Hochul said. “The transformation of LaGuardia Airport into a world-class destination that is internationally recognised for its beauty is an integral part of our bold vision for a new era in New York.
“The completion of this $4bn project will help provide a brand new passenger experience for everyone travelling through Terminal B, easing connections and creating lasting impressions.”
Spanning 1.35 million square feet, the new terminal features 35 gates, a 3,000-car parking space, as well as new covered, convenient pickup facilities for both taxis and ride-sharing vehicles.
The terminal offers retail, dining spaces and other amenities for passengers new travel experience.
Associated road improvements and infrastructure works were also carried out keeping the terminal fully functional during construction.
The interior works at Terminal B are now complete. The remaining small portion of the old Central Terminal Building will be demolished by the second quarter of 2022.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners CEO Frank Scremin said: “LaGuardia’s new Terminal B is a crowning achievement for the people of New York, for the future of aviation and for what a public-private partnership can accomplish.
“There were a lot of naysayers, but from the onset of this project, we said that we would bring our city a world-class airport. “
In July 2020, LaGuardia Airport opened its second light-filled concourse and seven new gates at Terminal B.