LaGuardia Airport has long been the butt of jokes, thanks to a much-needed overhaul that has been seemingly decades in the making. It seems that the jokes may not work for much longer now that LaGuardia is currently in the second year of an extensive renovation plan. And although the renovations are far from over, some progress is already being made, despite the annoyance of construction zones, according to Conde Nast Traveler.
As early as next September travelers flying into LaGuardia might begin to notice changes, including brand new gates at Terminal B, aka the Central Terminal. And that’s just a preview of the other changes that will start rolling out over the next several years. Other improvements include:
By Spring of 2018, two brand new concourses will replace the existing four concourses to give passengers more room to move. The airlines currently in the concourse will likely remain. Other additions include 25-foot high ceilings, with floor-to-ceiling windows to allow in much-needed natural light.
And a variety of items to improve travelers experience including nap pods, work stations, and tools to provide passengers with accurate information on how long the wait at security will be as well as how far away they will have to walk to their gates and other services.
In addition to new lounges and restaurants, passengers will have mini versions of the city or a “New York-style pocket park,” complete with a green area, playground and coffee and juice stands.
Improvements to LaGuardia are scheduled into 2022 and beyond as the airport also plans to create better options for travel to the airport and between terminals and the possibility of an in-airport hotel is also under consideration.
Until then, improvements will focus on things like making security gates easier to access and faster to get through and more and better passenger experience features including restaurants and spacious airline lounges. While the structural changes are taking place, the old terminals will be allowing passenger access.