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New Delta concourse, gates open at LaGuardia Airport

This is the second new concourse to open as part of the $8 billion overhaul for the airport.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the opening of the first new concourse and gates at Delta Air Lines’ new Terminal C as part of the ongoing $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia.

This opening is the latest milestone in the complete rebuild of LaGuardia Airport.

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

This is the second new concourse to open as part of the complete rebuild following the opening of the new 18 gate concourse that Governor Cuomo unveiled at Terminal B last December on the airport’s western half.

Additionally, last week the Port Authority board of directors approved the funding needed to build the LaGuardia AirTrain. “The opening of the first new concourse at Terminal C is a major milestone that takes us one step closer to transforming LaGuardia Airport into a global gateway worthy of this state,” 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. At the end of the day, the new LaGuardia Airport will provide a world-class passenger experience with state-of-the art terminals and concourses like the one we’re in today, new roadways and improved traffic flow, and

50 percent more tarmac space to reduce gate delays.”

The Governor was joined by Delta CEO Ed Bastian, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cut the ribbon on the new concourse which spans 105,000-square-feet and offers floor-to-ceiling views of Flushing Bay and Citi Field.

LaGuardia’s multi-phase construction plan was designed to enable the 30-million passengers-a-year airport to remain fully operational while the entire airport is rebuilt.

Under the plan, old facilities are demolished only as new facilities are completed, ensuring the airport never loses capacity

Last week, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners formally authorized the funding needed to develop AirTrain LGA, which would connect the airport with a new station at Willets Point linked to enhanced Long Island Railroad service to and from New York City, providing for reliable and predictable travel times and alleviating the traffic and parking burden on local communities.

In May, the FAA commenced the formal environmental review for the proposed AirTrain LGA, and the authorization of the project is subject to the FAA’s ongoing federal environmental review.

Governor Cuomo opened the first new concourse and gates of the new LaGuardia last December at Terminal B, on the western side of the airport.

With today’s announcement, roughly one-third of all passengers will be traveling through gates of the future “Whole New LGA.”

When complete, the new terminal will feature 37 gates across four concourses connected by a centralized check-in lobby, security checkpoint and baggage claim; dual taxiways that will help reduce gate congestion and taxi times; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; larger gate areas and more concession space; and more efficient airport roadways.

The new facility is powered by a 12-megawatt Con Edison substation, which is integrated into the upper level of the concourse, with cooling towers, chillers, pumps and other equipment to service the terminal.

All major electrical and mechanical equipment is housed on the upper level to protect such systems from water/flood damage in the event of a major storm.

The concourse also features an ice-generation system that reduces electrical consumption at times of peak demand in the summer by creating ice at night, when energy demand is lower, and using it to cool the building during the day.

Delta operates more than 275 peak-day departures from its LGA hub and began construction on the $4 billion replacement of Terminals C and D in August 2017.

Roughly two-thirds of the project is funded through private financing and existing passenger fees.

On the western side of the airport, the new $4 billion Terminal B, being built and operated by the private consortium LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), is replacing the obsolete terminal that opened more than 50 years ago.

LGP and Delta are privately financing roughly two-thirds of the redevelopment’s costs, and the Port Authority has committed the remaining one-third.

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