Facts & Information

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Operated by the Port Authority
LaGuardia has been operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, under a lease with the City of New York, since June 1, 1947. In 2004, the Port Authority and the City of New York concluded an agreement that ensures the agency's continued operation of LaGuardia and JFK International through 2050.

LaGuardia is located in the borough of Queens, New York City, bordering on Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay. The airport is 8 miles from midtown Manhattan.

LaGuardia consists of 680 acres and can accommodate up to 72 aircraft gates.

LaGuardia was originally constructed by the city of New York at a cost of $40 million. The Port Authority's total capital investment in the airport to date is $1.4 billion.

Employment and Economic Impact
About 11,000 people are employed at LaGuardia. The airport contributes more than $15.6 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, generating about 116,000 total jobs and $5.7 billion in annual wages and salaries.

LaGuardia has four main terminals.

  • Terminal A
    Once called the Overseas Terminal, and then the Marine Air Terminal, Terminal A was the original airport terminal building, serving international flights on flying boats through the 1940s. In 1995, the Marine Air Terminal was designated a historic landmark. On September 1, 1991, Delta began shuttle operations to Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Today, Delta operates shuttle service to Chicago, and Washington, D.C. from Terminal A and service to Boston from Terminal C. Terminal A can accommodate up to six aircraft gate positions.
  • Terminal B
    Central Terminal Building (CTB), otherwise known as Terminal B, was dedicated on April 17, 1964. This terminal serves most of the airport's scheduled domestic airlines. It is 1,300 feet long and 180 feet wide, with approximately 750,000 square feet of floor space. Originally constructed at a cost of $36 million, the six-block-long terminal consists of a four-story central section, two three-story wings and four concourses that can accommodate up to 35 aircraft gate positions. A number of improvements at Terminal B were completed in 2009, including a consolidated Flight Information Display system and Welcome Centers at the east and west ends.
  • Terminal C
    Opened in September 1992 and costing $200 million, this terminal comprises approximately 300,000 square feet of space with 21 aircraft contact gates. The main section features a food, retail, and concessions court and a Welcome Center on the arrivals level. The shuttle section serves passengers on hourly flight to Boston and Washington, D.C.
  • Terminal D
    Terminal D was constructed by Delta Air Lines at the east end of the airport. The terminal, which has 10 gates, opened in June 1983. In 2010, Delta Air Lines began to improve the terminal's food, retail, and concessions options, and the Port Authority opened a Welcome Center on the arrivals level, In late 2011, Delta took over the lease of the US Airways Terminal (now known as Terminal C)and expanded its operations. Investing nearly $100 million in its terminal complex to improve customer service experience , in 2012 Delta opened a 600 foot long enclosed walkway connecting Terminals C and D.

The airport provides more than 6,900 public parking spaces, including a 2,900 space, five-level parking garage; E-ZPass Plus in all parking lots; Express Pay machines in Lots 2, 4 and 5; and a 55-space metered lot. A reservation system was introduced in 2011.

There are two main runways, 4-22 and 13-31. Each is 7,000 feet long by 150 feet wide. In a $40 million project completed in 1967 by the Port Authority, both runways were extended over water to their present length and width. The runways have high-intensity runway edge lighting, centerline and taxiway exit lighting. Runways are grooved to improve skid resistance and minimize hydroplaning. Touch down zone lighting (TDZ) was added on Runway 13-31 in 2005 and on Runway 4-22 in 2009, both as part of the runways' rehabilitation programs.

LaGuardia Airport Statistics over the Years

Year Plane Movements Passengers Air Cargo (tons) Air Mail (tons)
2014 360,834 26,954,588 7,141 1,608
2013 371,565 26,722,183 7,001 1,439
2012 369,989 25,707,784 7,009 1,177
2011 365,870 24,122,478 7,292 643
2010 361,616 23,983,082 7,516 585
2009 354,048 22,142,336 6,712 1,349
2008 378,908 23,076,903 8,889 2,635
2007 391,547 24,985,264 9,595 2,087
2006 399,827 25,810,603 13,998 5,718
2005 405,175 25,889,390 16,006 10,296
2004 398,957 24,435,619 14,096 15,219
2003 374,952 22,482,770 12,333 18,981
2002 362,649 21,986,679 11,709 23,818
2001 367,871 22,519,874 16,474 43,771
2000 384,554 25,360,034 20,195 58,254
1990 356,358 22,764,604 70,792 58,033
1980 317, 633 17,467,962 35,257 47,654
1970 297,652 11,845,141 39,815 24,119
1960 191,736 2,935,613 58,313 10,557
1949 159,465 3,284,213 36,061 13,585

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