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 76 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.
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.
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