Delta’s first new concourse at LGA opens; a milestone in $8B airport rebuild

Terminal features dining from OTG and new retail from Stellar Partners


Delta unveiled its first new concourse at LaGuardia International Airport on Tuesday. The  105,000-square-foot showpiece in what will become Delta’s Terminal C, features modern customer amenities, state-of-the-art architecture, more spacious gate areas and a connected terminal system.

The opening of the first new concourse and seven gates at Delta’s new terminal, on the far eastern side of the airport, was celebrated at an event attended by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and other government and airport representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The seven new gates in the Delta concourse will start serving passengers – running 60 flights per day to Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC – on Monday, November 4. This is the second new concourse to open as part of the complete rebuild following the opening of the new 18 gate con-course unveiled at Terminal B last December on the airport’s western half.

Customers will be welcomed into the new concourse by an open and airy entrance with innovative backlit 3D Delta super-graphic and floor-to-ceiling views of Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and Flushing Bay.

Dining options from OTG

Delta’s state-of-the-art concourse will feature dining from hospitality group OTG inspired by local favorites including H&H Bagels, Rossi Pizzeria (from Chef Mark Iacono of Lucali), Flatiron Tavern & Provisions (from chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer of King), Birch Coffee, and Juice Press. The new gate areas provide more seating and ample outlets for charging devices, and respite spaces for passengers to rest.


Stellar creates unique retail

In addition, Stellar Partners, Inc. (Stellar) has introduced Fiorello Market and iPorte, two unique retail locations targeting the essential travel retail segments of technology, gifts, and convenience, to the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

Fiorello Market is a new retail convenience option developed exclusively for LGA Airport and named for Fiorello Henry La Guardia, the iconic former Mayor of New York. Fiorello Market features both national and regional items well suited for gifting or picking up a personal keepsake. The market also adds to-go dining convenience to the area.

iPorte is a one-of-its-kind electronics store developed exclusively for the travel retail technology segment — its logo artistically incorporates headphone and airplane elements. Products are categorized as Good, Better, Best with price points for every budget.

iPorte is equipped with listening stations to allow customers to test audio-based devices before making their purchase.

With Fiorello Market and iPorte Stellar will have six stores in operation at LGA Airport.

“Celebrating these stores is particularly exciting as LGA is the first location for each brand. These openings truly demonstrate how nimble travel retail is to innovate along with trends,” said Stellar President and CEO Padraig Drennan.

When complete, the new terminal will feature 37 gates across four concourses connected by a centralized and streamlined check-in lobby, security checkpoint, and baggage claim; dual taxiways that will help reduce hold outs and taxi times; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; larger gate areas and more concessions space; and more efficient airport roadways.

On the western side of the airport, the new $4 billion Terminal B, being built and operated by the private consortium LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), is replacing the obsolete terminal that opened more than 50 years ago.

On the eastern side of the airport, Delta Air Lines’ new $4 billion Terminal C will ultimately comprise a total 37 gates across four new concourses. As part of the redevelopment project, each new terminal will be equipped with electric ground service equipment charging facilities to accommodate an electric fleet.

LGP and Delta are privately financing roughly two-thirds of the redevelopment’s costs, and the Port Authority has committed the remaining one-third – most of it for overhauling and simplifying the current labyrinth network of on-airport roadways.

     Additionally, last week the Port Authority board of directors approved the funding needed to build the LaGuardia AirTrain, which is currently undergoing Federal environmental review.