How to Navigate LaGuardia Airport During Its Massive Construction

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LaGuardia Airport, one of New York City’s major three airports, is currently undergoing a massive, multi-billion dollar renovation. The airport is in major need of an overhaul. If you’ve ever been to LaGuardia, you’ll know what we mean.

The airport only has two runways – that’s a major problem. But the terminals are cramped and planes need more room to navigate the taxiways.


As part of the renovation, the airport will shift closer to the Grand Central Parkway, the highway that runs alongside the airport. This will allow for more spacious terminals and taxiways. With the construction comes major headaches for travelers.

To make matters worse, LaGuardia doesn’t have a train or subway to bring people from the airport to New York City, like John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) do.

So most travelers either take a bus, taxi, Uber or drive themselves. None of these are good options. The New York Post recently published an article detailing the traffic and construction woes that many travelers are experiencing at LaGuardia.

The article even suggested walking to LaGuardia airport. We’re not kidding!

Here is more from the New York Post:

“Check traffic apps like Waze before you leave the house and be prepared to direct your driver based on that data. It sometimes makes more sense to get dropped off in the residential neighborhoods across the Grand Central Parkway. Pedestrians can cross on the 94th Street Overpass.”

Have you been to LaGuardia airport recently? Let us know your experiences in the comments section below.

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  1. I recently took a flight from LaGuardia: awful experience! The subway station from where the M60 bus to LaGuardia departs does not even have elevators: passengers with heavy bags are forced to take the stairs as their only way to exit the station. They spent millions for the new Oculus near WTC, and most subway stations lack basic services like elevators, that would be essential for elderly and disabled people. I can’t get it.

  2. Just getting ready to board now. Left on the E train to Jackson heights and hopped right on the Q70 SBS which only took ~10 minutes. During peak times, like when I landed Friday night, or if you have big bags, I can see how it would be a significant headache. I’m just traveling with a carry on, but shouldn’t we all be by now? Anyways, leaving early = more time in the Centurion Lounge as far as I’m concerned.

  3. On my trip to New York LaGuardia on a recent Friday afternoon, I found that it took an extremely long time for my UBER driver to make the pickup at the main terminal. Traffic patterns have changed and the waiting lots are now across the Grand Central Parkway rather than being on the airport side. My advice is that no matter how you are travelling to or from LaGuardia for the next couple of years, give yourself enough time to deal with extreme construction delays and related traffic. And be patient. And as Justin says – the (American Express) Centurion Lounge is a great place to visit if you arrive at LGA early and if you’re a Cardholder.

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