On Wednesday, the final two gates at the new Terminal B opened, and a section of the taxiway was completed.
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This means the facility is almost done after six years of construction, over 17 million hours of work, and 40,000 tons of steel used. The terminal will be fully complete by 2023.
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Also under construction at LaGuardia is the new Terminal C, which houses Delta Air Lines’ flights. The airline is funding the $4 billion project.
However, gates 70-79 opened on June 4, and gates 90-98 opened in 2019, so passengers are able to experience the new Terminal C.
I toured both terminals on two recent trips to see the new concourses, gates, shops, and restaurants — take a look.
The terminal is split into two concourses. Air Canada, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines will operate out of the Eastern Concourse, while Northeast Alliance partners American Airlines and JetBlue Airways will operate out of the Western Concourse.
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Improvements include a new departures hall…
…a 3,000-car parking garage…
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…and two skybridges. The western skybridge was the second to open in January 2022.
For a year and a half, American customers heading to the western concourse checked in at the headhouse but then had to walk to their gate via the 60-year-old Central Terminal Building, which was known for its low ceilings and dated infrastructure.
The terminal’s eastern skybridge opened in June 2020. In total, the walkways connect check-in and baggage claim to 35 new gates.
Aircraft will be able to taxi underneath both bridges, alleviating the congestion LaGuardia’s old Terminal B was infamously known for. Southwest was the first to use the new taxiway in May 2021.
During my walkthrough of Terminal B, I found the check-in area spacious and modern. There were plenty of kiosks at each airline counter.
After a quick check-in, I headed to security, which was easy to find because of the giant, illuminated sign.
The checkpoint was split into two sections — one with lines for standard TSA and priority, and a second for TSA PreCheck and B-Fast, which is an expedited line that costs travelers $15.
There were approximate wait times displayed above each line.
From security, passengers will climb an escalator to access the concourses.
Restaurants include places like Wendy’s, Green Leaf’s, and Tony’s + Benny’s pizza shop.
The food court had a large fountain and plenty of sitting areas.
Also in the food court is an informative departures board that told passengers if they should head to their gate or sit and relax.
Passengers traveling through may notice the unique lighting fixtures, artwork, and concessions in the terminal, which are intended to replicate a hotel, rather than an airport.
The carpeted floors also help keep the noise level down, making the experience more peaceful for travelers.
Terminal C also proved to be impressive. Delta has invested thousands of work hours over five years, resulting in a nice, modern new facility.
Like Terminal B, Delta has a new departures hall…
Passengers will start their journey in the departures hall, which features 49 self-service kiosks…
…nice, modern bathrooms…
There is also a separate check-in area for Sky Priority passengers.
According to Marzullo, the space was designed with the New Yorker in mind, meaning Delta focused on speed and efficiency.
Specifically, he said the roadway outside the terminal has been split into two lanes to increase curb space and decrease traffic…
…while the check-in area has been designed as a “transient space” without much decor because LaGuardia is a main business hub for Delta, and those passengers do not typically check luggage.