New York City’s LaGuardia Airport has opened the first 11 gates in the eastern concourse of the new state-of-the-art Terminal B. With best-in-class retail and food options, innovative design and family-friendly spaces and modern amenities, the new concourse showcases LaGuardia Gateway Partners’ and Governor Cuomo’s vision to build a unified, 21st-century airport that is a leader in guest experience, innovation and sustainability.
Air Canada, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines will all operate flights from the new concourse, with United Airlines joining in 2019.
The concourse features ample gate seating, with charging stations throughout, a nursing room and thoughtfully designed restrooms that include spacious stalls and above-sink shelves that will keep belongings dry. It also features Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge, with the United Club to follow in 2019.
New retail options available in the new concourse include the latest New York City location for the legendary New York toy store FAO Schwarz, as well as offerings from SoHo-based independent bookseller McNally Jackson, Hudson, LaGuardia Dufry Duty Free Shops, M∙A∙C, District Market – with specialty made-in-Queens products – and Spa Here.
These shops join the previously announced food and beverage partners from earlier this year: Shake Shack, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Osteria Fusco, La Chula Bar & Taqueria, Kingside Bar & Restaurant and Five Boroughs Market.
Prioritising a family-friendly atmosphere, the new concourse also features an airport-themed children’s play area, which includes a 4.8-metre interactive display.
The play area is next to an indoor green space, modelled after New York City’s own parks, which includes benches and plenty of natural light for passengers to relax with their families before their flights.
When complete, Terminal B will completely redefine the guest experience at LaGuardia. Dual pedestrian bridges will span active aircraft taxi lanes – the first in the world – and connect the main part of the terminal to two island concourses. Passengers will walk above aircraft as they make their way to their gate, all while enjoying views of the iconic Manhattan skyline. In addition, this island and bridge design will increase the taxi-way space for aircraft. The gates in the concourse are “common use”, meaning that any Terminal B airline can use any gate, increasing efficiency.
The redevelopment includes a new 35-gate terminal, a parking garage and a Central Hall, which will unify the airport by connecting to Terminal C, which is also being redeveloped.
All photos courtesy of LaGuardia Gateway Partners.