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Delta’s Plans for the $8B LaGuardia Upgrade

Delta’s Plans for the $8B LaGuardia Upgrade
Jackie Reddy

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the first new concourse and set of gates within Terminal C of LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Terminal C will be used by Delta Air Lines and the unveiling is part of a big revamp at the airport, which has long been criticized for its passenger experience.

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a major milestone at LaGuardia Airport (LGA): the opening of the facility’s very first new concourse and gates. These are set within Terminal C, which are part of Delta Air Lines‘ facilities at the airport.

This is a significant event at LaGuardia Airport, which has long been criticized for offering a less than satisfactory passenger experience. In a statement, the airport explained that this opening is, “…part of the ongoing $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia into a unified 21st century airport.”

“This opening is the latest milestone in the complete rebuild of LaGuardia Airport, which will provide a world-class passenger experience featuring modern customer amenities, state-of-the-art architecture, more spacious gate areas and a connected terminal system. The seven new gates in the Delta concourse, on the far eastern side of the airport, will start serving passengers – running 60 flights per day to Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC – on Monday, November 4,” explained the airport.

Speaking of the opening, Governor Cuomo said, “We’re building the nation’s first completely new airport in 25 years and showing the nation and the world that you can be ambitious and get big things done.”

Offering his comments, Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO, said, “Two years ago, we set out to build a state-of-the-art facility at LaGuardia Airport, an airport that our customers and the people of New York deserve. Thanks to the commitment and hard work of the Delta team and our many partners, today marks the beginning of a new era for millions of Delta customers at LaGuardia. The excitement that is building here is palpable and contagious, and we are already looking ahead to many more milestones to come.”

View Comments (12)


  1. Dr.Ells

    November 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Hmmmm… still looks like a landfill to those of us in New Jersey!

  2. amanuensis


    November 3, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Cuomo is forgetting about new airports at SLC and MSY.

  3. rylan

    November 4, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Its still not going to fix the chronic delays whenever there is anything but clear weather on the east coast.

  4. milepig

    November 4, 2019 at 11:37 am


    The headline says “Delta reveals 8 Billion….terminal.

    While the body says “as part of an ongoing $8B process to transform LGA”

    Which is it? Huge difference!!

  5. J S

    November 4, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Putting “LGA” and “state of the art” in the same sentence only works if your definition of “art” includes what happens when a toddler get hold of a dirty diaper and smears its contents all over the wall.

  6. KRSW

    November 5, 2019 at 12:02 am

    $8BN ? I know NY’s unions are terrible, but c’mon.

  7. longtimeobserver

    November 6, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Like the new central terminal gates, just a nicer place to wait for your delayed flight. Without FAA or airlines actively managing their flight timing and sequencing to drive out variance and delays, or new runway capacity (piers all the way across the bay to a freshly paved Rikers), LaGuardia is what it is — perpetually delayed, a blight on NYC, and a drain on the regional economy.

  8. DeltaRev

    November 6, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Bit of misinformation in this article. I was at the ribbon cutting last week and I live a 10 minute walk to LGA which I frequently use. 1) The terminal that opened is not Terminal C. It’s Terminal D that was opened. Also, Delta will not simply be ‘using’ Terminal D. Terminal D is devoted ENTIRELY to Delta Airlines. Delta Airlines contributed a huge portion of the funds along with the Port Authority to revamp LGA, Terminal D, in particular. And the $8Billion is not for the terminal, it’s for the entire airport which will include an AirTrain to be completed by 2021. The concourse is $3.9 billion. Everything is expensive in NYC. We know this. Also, the pic above is horrible. I don’t know why it was used. There are plenty of pictures that will show just how the new airport is looking now and how it will look in the future. Despite the nightmare of traffic that is happening because of construction and the often unbearable noise of pile driving at 2 am in the morning (yes — 2am sometimes. Cuomo is serious about these deadlines), Despite all of this, the airport is coming along nicely.

  9. pokecheckted

    November 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

    … And, Dr.Ellis, New Jersey looks like a landfill to everyone!

  10. High Technology

    November 8, 2019 at 4:27 am

    “The seven new gates in the Delta concourse, on the far eastern side of the airport, will start serving passengers – running 60 flights per day to Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC – on Monday, November 4,” explained the airport.”

    – Well, so much for a new Delta Shuttle concourse… I took the Delta Shuttle to Boston on Monday and back on Tuesday of this week, and we still left out of one of the crappy regional Terminal C gates on the right side of security (the lower numbers that are overcrowded even when passenger loads are light), and returned back to the gate in the middle of Terminal C.

  11. AJNEDC

    November 9, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Where are the pictures? Sorry, no pictures it doesn’t exist

  12. YankeeGirl226

    November 15, 2019 at 4:22 am

    And New York smells like a landfill. We have to suffer every day.

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