The security checkpoint in Terminal D will expand to support both concourses until the centralized check-in lobby opens in late 2021.
- 37 gates across four concourses connected by a centralized check-in lobby, security checkpoint, and baggage claim;
- dual taxiways that will help reduce hold outs and taxi times;
- a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck;
- larger gate areas and more concessions space;
- more efficient airport roadways.
An AirTrain connecting all of the LaGuardia’s terminals to the No. 7 subway line and the Long Island Rail Road is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
The entire overhaul of the airport, is slated to wrap up in 2026.
The opening of Delta’s first new gates is part of the comprehensive $8 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport announced by Governor Cuomo in 2015.
Under the governor’s plan, old facilities are being demolished only as new facilities are completed.
That is allowing the airport – which services 30 million passengers each year – to remain fully operational as the multi-phased construction project continues.
The airport opened in 1929 as a general aviation field, one of the first urban airports in the world, part of NYC’s history as an aviation pioneer.
The field was named for NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1953.
LaGuardia also includes the Marine Aviation Terminal, an Art Deco building originally used by seaplanes in the 1930s. It was designed by William Delano, of the firm of Delano & Aldrich, a relative of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Roosevelt.
It’s been used since as home to the old Eastern Airlines Shuttle to Boston and Washington, and more recently by JetBlue.
NYC’s aviation history includes Floyd Bennett Field, also in Queens, which was used by such legendary aviators as Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes and Charles Lindbergh.
Floyd Bennett Field is now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, part of the National Park System.
Delta has again partnered with airport hospitality group OTG to bring chef-driven dining options and authentic local flavors to the new concourse.
Chef Mark Iacono of Brooklyn’s Lucali consulted on Rossi Pizzeria, a Neapolitan-style pizza and calzone concept
Chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer of King Restaurant in Soho consulted on Flatiron Tavern & Provisions, a contemporary tavern that will feature chops, burgers and fresh fish.
Other local favorites include Birch Coffee, H&H Bagels and Juice Press.
To ensure dining offerings are relevant throughout the day, the H&H Bagels outpost will be available in the morning and transition to Rossi Pizzeria in the afternoon and evening.
Eateries will have power outlets and USB ports at every seat, along with tablets allowing us to track our flights, browse the web, play games, and order food, drinks and amenities.
Delta Terminal Construction
To date, Delta’s construction features 2,000 tons of steel, more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete, and more than 40 miles of piping, cabling and other infrastructure.
All major electrical and mechanical equipment is housed on the upper level to protect such systems from water 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 by creating ice at night, when energy demand is lower, and using it to cool the building during the day.
Delta has invested more than $7 billion in airport projects since 2006, and along with its airport partners, will be involved in an additional $12 billion worth of facilities infrastructure projects in coming years, including improvements in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle.