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FIVE ADDITIONAL GATES TO OPEN IN FIRST NEW CONCOURSE AS PART OF ONGOING TRANSFORMATION OF LAGUARDIA AIRPORT

Date: May 30, 2019
Press Release Number: 79-2019

United Airlines will move operations to the new Terminal B concourse and open new lounge beginning June 2;

Part of $8 billion transformation of LGA into a unified, 21st century airport providing world-class passenger experience while simultaneously serving record numbers of passengers


The Port Authority today announced that United Airlines will begin operations at five new gates of the new eastern concourse of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport this weekend, as part of the ongoing $8 billion complete rebuild of the airport. Today also marks the opening of a brand new United Club, located on the second level of the new concourse, which opened last December.

The first United Airlines passengers will arrive at the new gates on Sunday evening, June 2nd as the airline begins operating roughly 40 flights a day, serving key business cities like Denver and Houston. Additionally, the United Club — 30 percent larger than the previous club at LGA— will open in a more convenient location past security with modern amenities, an expanded menu and great view overlooking the new state-of-the-art concourse.

With United moving to the eastern concourse, 16 of the 18 new gates will be in operation, with the final two gates scheduled to open in 2020. The 250,000 square-foot and light-filled new concourse opened in December 2018 with its first 11 gates servicing Southwest, Air Canada, and American Airlines flights. Featuring 55-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, the new concourse has impressed travelers with its architecture, spacious gate areas, modern amenities and an array of locally-inspired dining and retail.

“The opening of five new gates and a state-of-the-art United Club is a major step for the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment. We are that much closer to completing the first new airport in 25 years,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The transformation of LaGuardia Airport is not only going to modernize our airport but improve the customer experience as well.”

“The move of United and its passengers into the first new concourse at Terminal B marks another key milestone of the $8 billion redevelopment of an entirely new LaGuardia Airport,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “This is another important step in our ongoing commitment to provide world class facilities that turn Governor Cuomo’s vision for a 21st century LaGuardia into reality. And we are undertaking this comprehensive rebuilding of LaGuardia Airport while continuing full operation at LaGuardia and serving record numbers of passengers.”

Since its opening, the new concourse has been a welcome sight, offering travelers ample natural light, more than a dozen new shops, restaurants and services.

Restaurants located in the new concourse include popular New York establishments such as Shake Shack, La Chula, Osteria Fusco, Kingside and Irving Farm Coffee. Retail venues include an FAO Schwarz toy store, McNally Jackson independent bookseller and District Market, which includes 'Made in Queens' products through a partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corp.

Additionally, charging stations are placed throughout the gate seating areas, with free, fast and unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi. Family amenities include an airport-themed children's play area, family-friendly restrooms and a private nursing suite.

While LGA is undergoing a massive, multi-phase, $8 billion construction plan, it was designed to continue supporting the 30-million passengers it sees every year while remaining fully operational. Old facilities are demolished only as new facilities are completed, ensuring the airport never loses capacity. The final product will provide a world-class passenger experience with state-of-the-art architecture and spacious gate areas.

On the eastern side of the airport, Delta Air Lines broke ground in August 2017 on its new $4 billion Terminal C which will comprise a total 37 gates. The new Terminal C will replace the existing Terminals C and D and is scheduled to open in 2021.

Governor Cuomo first unveiled the vision for a comprehensive redevelopment of LGA in 2015, broke ground in 2016, and opened the first new concourse and gates in Terminal B in November of 2018. The redevelopment is anticipated to generate a combined $10 billion in economic activity and $2.5 billion in wages over the life of the project. When completed, the new 2.7 million square foot LaGuardia Airport will be the first new airport built in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

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