With the multibillion-dollar renovation of LaGuardia Airport in high gear, six airline carriers are relocating their operations within the airports terminals in December, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).
Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 9, American Airlines and American Shuttle — which currently operate out of Terminals B and C — will entirely relocate to Terminal B. JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, which operate out of Terminal B, will shift to Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal). Delta Shuttle, which operates out of Terminals A and C, will completely move to Terminal C.
Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines, both of which operate out of Terminal B, will each handle all departures out of Terminal C and all arrivals out of Terminal D.
According to the Port Authority, the relocations aim to streamline airline operations while also enhancing customer experience at LaGuardia as it undergoes a transformation designed bring the airport into the 21st century.
For example, the relocation of American Airlines to Terminal B eliminates the need for customers to take a shuttle bus between Terminals B and C for certain flights. Delta Shuttle customers, once the airline shifts entirely to Terminal C, will have unfettered access to various amenities including a 7,600-square-foot Delta Sky Club, fine dining and upscale retail.
A number of new gates at Terminal B being constructed during the first part of the LaGuardia rebuild are expected to be finished next year.
“We want to provide LaGuardia’s passengers and employees with ample time to become aware and prepare for these significant changes to existing flight operations,” Lysa Scully, PANYNJ general manager at LaGuardia Airport, said in an Oct. 20 statement. “We are working with our airline partners to make the terminal consolidation changes as convenient as possible for our passengers as they navigate the airport during this exciting, but extremely busy, time in LaGuardia’s storied history.”
The $8 billion renovation project will completely replace or update all of LaGuardia’s terminals while also improving access roadways into and out of the airport. It also includes the creation of the LaGuardia AirTrain, which would link travelers to the 7 train and the Long Island Rail Road at Willets Point.