New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the opening of the second new concourse and seven new gates at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, part of airport’s ongoing $8 billion transformation.
Beginning on August 5, the first seven new gates in new Western Concourse will be activated, welcoming more travelers through LaGuardia’s Terminal B with a world-class passenger experience.
The new concourse will include an indoor park, touchless restrooms and world-class amenities that convey a true sense of New York. This milestone follows last month’s opening of the new 850,000 square-foot Arrivals and Departures Hall with new concessions, traveler amenities, world class art installations, and increased space for passengers to move more safely and efficiently during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” Governor Cuomo said. “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. Travelers coming to New York should expect nothing less than a world-class experience, and that is what we are delivering with this modernization project.”
Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said, “Today’s opening of the first seven new gates in Terminal B’s Western Concourse is part of 18 months of fast progress as we near the finish line of the complete transformation of LaGuardia Airport. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s vision and leadership, construction of A Whole New LaGuardia Airport continues full speed ahead with this summer’s opening of the new Arrivals and Departures Hall, the early opening of the new concourse and gates, and completion of nearly 75% of all roadway work due to the reduction in traffic.”
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Rick Cotton, LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the private consortium rebuilding and operating LGA’s Terminal B, CEO, Stewart Steeves, Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry and Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee unveiled the first section of the 210,000 square-foot, new concourse at a ribbon cutting ceremony a month ahead of schedule. When the second and final phase is activated at the end of 2021, the Western Concourse will include a total of 17 new gates.
The new concourse will primarily serve American Airlines and will house the future American Airlines Admirals Club. Like the Eastern Concourse which opened in December 2018, the new concourse will connect to the Terminal B Arrivals and Departures hall by an elevated pedestrian bridge. The dual pedestrian skyways are a first at any major airport in the nation.
Like the Eastern Concourse which opened in December 2018, the Western Concourse offers travelers a modern, 21st century airport experience the moment they arrive. The concourse features soaring 55-foot high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for ample natural lighting.
Amenities will include a children’s play area, a greenspace with landscaping and seating, spacious restrooms, family and nursing restrooms, a designated American Airline service desk, and a pet relief area. Travelers can look forward to new concessions and art which convey a sense of place and the spirit of New York.
As part of the phased construction of the new concourse, a second pedestrian skybridge bridge will connect the Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall to the Western Concourse in 2021. The second section of the concourse and ten additional new gates will open in 2022.
Earlier this summer, the brand-new Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall at LaGuardia Airport opened to the public, marking the biggest milestone to date in the airport’s ongoing $8 billion transformation. The spacious, 850,000-square-foot, four-story Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall provides travelers with a 21st century airport experience that includes local concessions, large, modern restrooms and a New York-inspired shopping district.
The new Arrivals and Departures Hall also showcases permanent public art installations curated by the Public Art Fund, enhancing the passenger experience and underscoring New York’s global position as a beacon for arts and culture. When complete, the new Terminal B will include the Arrivals and Departures Hall, two pedestrian skybridges and two fully activated concourses with a total of 35 gates serving American, Southwest, United Airlines and Air Canada.
All areas of the terminal including the new concourse are being cleaned to the highest CDC cleaning standards. High touch surface cleaning teams are on-site and visible by the branded vests they wear.
There is digital signage throughout the terminal displaying COVID-19 related safety measures including the face covering requirement, distancing guidance and reminders to wash hands frequently.
TSA officers will wear face masks and follow strict procedures about glove use and sanitization when handling passenger baggage. Contactless food ordering and delivery is available using the At Your Gate App.
LGP and the Port Authority continue to test the latest technology to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19, including testing touchless technology and UV cleaning technology on escalator handrails.