Privately-owned LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) last week took over a 34-year lease at New York LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal B.
LGP, a consortium of Vantage Airport Group, Skanska and Meridiam, together with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, signed a lease agreement that continues through 2050 for the public-private partnership redevelopment. The project will create world-class facilities, an improved passenger experience, and greater airline efficiencies, says the partnership.
The project includes a new 35-gate Terminal B, Central Hall, West Garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure.
During construction, the existing terminal will remain fully operational and flights will not be affected.
New facilities will begin opening in 2018, with scheduled substantial completion in 2022. The $4 billion public-private partnership is one of the largest for new transportation infrastructure projects in the U.S.
The new LaGuardia Central Terminal B will feature dual pedestrian bridges spanning active aircraft taxi lanes—a first in the world—that connect the terminal to two island concourses. This islands and bridges design allows for improved airline circulation and gate flexibility, which will help reduce airport delays. From the western concourse bridge, a view of the Manhattan skyline epitomizes how the new terminal design uniquely reflects New York.
Inside the new facility, there will be food, retail and beverage options that reflect regional and national offerings. The terminal will be flooded with natural light at all levels, have short curb-to-gate walking distances, and have spacious and comfortable waiting areas with more seating capacity.
The more than 1.3 million square feet of the new Central Terminal B is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification for sustainable design.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners’ members have worked on more than 350 aviation and transportation projects globally and domestically, including international airports in New York JFK, Chicago, Doha, Delhi, Los Angeles, Santiago, and Nassau.