Press Release Article


Date: Feb 19, 2014
Press Release Number: 43-2014

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today invested nearly $80 million in public and private dollars at LaGuardia Airport that will provide for upgraded, faster in-line baggage screening at Terminal C, as well as critical state-of-good-repair runway work.

The Board invested approximately $40 million in spending for Delta Air Lines to install an in-line baggage screening system that will improve the speed, efficiency, and security of baggage screening at Terminal C. As an added benefit, the installation of the screening system will allow for the reclamation of valuable terminal lobby space presently occupied by the stand-alone baggage screening system equipment.

Ninety percent of the funding for the upgrade will come from a federal Transportation Security Administration grant administered by the Port Authority. The remaining 10 percent of the project costs will be covered by Delta Air Lines. To date, funding for in-line baggage screening systems through the TSA grant program has been committed at Terminal D at LaGuardia, Terminals 1 and 4 at JFK, and Terminal C at Newark Airport.

The Board today also invested $39.2 million to rehabilitate Runway 13-31 and associated taxiways to ensure a state-of-good-repair, extend their useful life, and comply with Federal Aviation Administration standards.

“The Port Authority and our airline partners are committed to transforming LaGuardia Airport into a world-class airport befitting the hundreds of thousands of people who fly in and out of our region each day,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “Today’s investments are two examples of that, and with a total of $8 billion in aviation investments included in our 10-year capital plan, our clear goal is to modernize LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports for the 21st century.”

“The Port Authority is committed to investing in critical state-of-good-repair work that keeps our facilities operational for the millions of people who count on us each day,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deborah Gramiccioni. “We are grateful to our private-sector partners, like Delta, who work cooperatively with us to improve the customer experience at our airports.”

Delta will install and maintain the in-line baggage screening system equipment, which will improve the overall speed and efficiency of the system for air travelers. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The Port Authority last rehabilitated Runway 13-31in 2005 with an expected useful life of approximately seven years. The project will provide for the milling and full-depth asphalt concrete paving for the runway and its associated taxiways. Work also will include pavement markings, and replacement and upgrade of runway and taxiway lighting systems and guidance signs in accordance with FAA requirements.

The project will be funded through federal Airport Improvement Program funds. It is expected to create 70 jobs and direct payroll wages of $6 million. The work is expected to be completed in 2016.

These investments are included in the Port Authority’s 2014 budget and 10-year capital plan, both of which were approved by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today.

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