New York Considers LaGuardia Modernisation

4 May 2010 (Last Updated May 4th, 2010 18:30)

The outdated LaGuardia Airport in New York, US, could be completely redeveloped into an integrated aviation facility, equipped for 21st-century demands, according to a Port Authority chief. The proposed project will be delivered once the airport operator secures funding to upgrade and mo

The outdated LaGuardia Airport in New York, US, could be completely redeveloped into an integrated aviation facility, equipped for 21st-century demands, according to a Port Authority chief.

The proposed project will be delivered once the airport operator secures funding to upgrade and modernise the existing infrastructure.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director Chris Ward said the current facility, a 680-acre building featuring 72 gates, offered passengers a chaotic experience and was difficult to manage.

Planning consultants have been hired to design the new airport layout, according to Reuters.

The airport modernisation aims to improve aeronautical efficiency, landings and take-offs, and gate utilisation, and intends to offer a better-equipped terminal to passengers.

The demolition will take place in phases, during which, the airport will continue normal operational activity.

The Port Authority is currently in talks with Delta Air Lines and US Airways to help build terminals at the airport.

LaGuardia Airport is one of the busiest airports in the US, handling nearly 26 million passengers a year.