LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) has opened the first 11 gates in the new eastern concourse at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B in New York, US.
LGP is responsible for operating and redeveloping LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B. It is a private consortium formed by Vantage Airport Group, Skanska, Meridiam and JLC Infrastructure.
The new 250,000ft² concourse is part of the $8bn transformation of LaGuardia Airport, featuring modern customer amenities that are intended to improve the experience for travellers.
Air Canada, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines will all start operating flights from the new concourse, while United Airlines is scheduled to join next year.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners CEO Stewart Steeves said: “The opening of the new eastern concourse at Terminal B is just the first step in our mission to provide a top-class visitor experience at LaGuardia, worthy of the greatest city in the world.
“Our concourse’s innovative design, inclusive atmosphere, and choice food and retail options will bring LaGuardia into the 21st century, and we’re proud to work with both the governor and the Port Authority to transform Terminal B into a gateway New Yorkers can be proud of.”
From the new concourse’s total 18 gates, seven will be opened in 2020 once the adjacent old concourse is demolished.
Designed with 55ft high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light, the concourse features gate seating space with charging stations and a nursing room. In addition, it houses Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge, with United Club to follow in 2019.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo first unveiled the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport in 2015, with works starting in 2016.
Estimated to cost $4bn, the 1.3 million square foot redevelopment of Terminal B is said to be one of the largest public-private partnerships in American history and the largest in the US aviation.