For decades, travelers have complained about LaGuardia Airport. Congested terminals, delays, long waits on the tarmac, lack of public transportation, lack of restaurants and shopping opportunities within the airport.
Thankfully, the airport is finally getting a multi-billion dollar renovation that’s currently underway.
Here is what construction firm Skanska had to say about the renovation, according to a press release:
“This is Skanska’s largest project ever. We are proud to invest in and lead construction of this project that will improve the quality of air travel for millions of people. The LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal B project is a perfect example of how we, through Public Private Partnership, can expedite delivery of critical infrastructure, bringing together Skanska’s construction and investment capabilities. We have a strong position in the growing US market for PPP projects,” said Johan Karlström, CEO and President of Skanska.
One of the main components of the renovation include a plan to move the main terminal closer to the Grand Central highway that runs alongside LaGuardia Airport.
This will allow for more space on the taxiways. Frequent travelers know how many delays are caused because the planes don’t have enough room to move around. Planes typically have to wait until there is a clear passageway.
Plus, a train/monorail to the airport is being constructed. LaGuardia has no public transportation to the airport, except a public bus.
This development would put it on par with the area’s larger airports including John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. The construction efforts are on track to be completed in 2021.