A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about plans to elevate poor New York Laguardia from third world status to an airport that more closely reflects the distinguished city it serves. Subsequent to that post, I booked a trip on Delta Air Lines to Toronto, Canada that connected in LGA. The layover was a great chance to get a first-hand look at the most recent and long overdue improvements.
Delta Air Lines is contributing $3.3 billion and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is adding $600 million to construct a new Terminal C that will house 37 gates for use by Delta and a few other carriers. The new Delta complex will encompass 1.3 million square feet.
On November 4, 2019, the first phase opened to much fanfare including appearances and speeches from New York Governor Cuomo, Delta CEO, Ed Bastian, and even Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard. It contains seven gates and just over 100,000 square feet of space.
Yesterday, I passed through LGA on Delta. Here are the photos from my first look on November 20, 2019.
The solitary Delta seven-gate concourse is a good start. I can’t wait until 2026 or so when Laguardia will look like this.