Governor Hochul, Port Authority and LaGuardia Gateway Partners Announce Completion of Construction of New Terminal Facilities at LaGuardia Airport’s World-Class Terminal B
The world’s first double pedestrian skybridges serving “island” concourses
As one of Terminal B’s most distinct architectural elements, the pair of skybridges span active aircraft taxi lanes, connecting the bright new arrivals and departures hall to the two halls on the island. of the terminal, all with top-notch concessions and amenities for passengers. .
The construction of the two skybridges has built more than two additional miles of taxiway space, reducing delays for arrivals and departures and will help customers get to their doorsteps with ease. Aircraft have been taxiing under the eastern jetway since spring 2021 and will be able to successfully taxi under the western jetway from summer 2022. Passengers using the new jetways to reach the gates of Terminal B will enjoy magnificent views over the rooftops of Manhattan.
Measuring 482 feet long and 60 feet above the ground, the two pedestrian bridges were a key element in the design of the new terminal. Double decks are architecturally impressive, but also ensure that taxiing aircraft have two ways to enter or exit their doors.
Since 2020, customers have been using one of the completed skybridges to access the east gates of Terminal B. The Twin Island concourse design of the new terminals provides more space and options for aircraft to travel to and from the arrival. Previously, aircraft movements could be blocked because there was only one door entry and one exit.
About the LaGuardia Redevelopment Project
In 2015, a comprehensive plan to build an all-new LaGuardia Airport was unveiled with the goal of creating a world-class passenger experience in the 21st century with modern guest amenities, state-of-the-art architecture, boarding areas more spacious and a unified terminal system. The $8 billion project, two-thirds of which is funded by private funding and existing passenger fees, began in 2016.
In February 2018, the new Terminal B car park opened with over 3,000 spaces and a dedicated level for Uber, Lyft and other car rental services. In December 2018, the first of 18 new gates and the first new concourse in Terminal B opened. In October 2019, Delta Air Lines opened its first new concourse and seven new gates. In June 2020, the new arrivals and departures hall in Terminal B opened its doors.
In August 2020, a second new Terminal B concourse opened for the first time, followed by additional gates opening in December 2021. Delta’s new arrivals and departures hall in Terminal C is scheduled to open in Spring 2022. The terminal B at LaGuardia Airport was recently awarded UNESCO’s 2021 Versailles Prize, the world prize for architecture and design, for the best new airport in the world. This significant award fulfills the agency’s promise to transform what was once considered the worst airport in the country, into a world-class facility among the best in the country.